Black is Back Coalition in London demands "Victory to Syria; Stop imperialist wars in Africa!"
According to the Coalition, the U.S., Britain, France and imperialism in general are incapable of peaceful existence with oppressed peoples, imposing only war and threats of war against the oppressed peoples. They compare the Obama regime’s unproven accusations that Syria’s government and its leader Bashir al Assad used chemical weapons against the people of Syria with the lies about WMDs in Iraq that were used by the Bush regime to initiate war against the Iraqi people, resulting in more than one million Iraqis murdered by U.S.-led military and an ongoing occupation of Iraq by U.S. troops. The Saturday meeting will also examine the unreported U.S.-funded wars against the people of Congo, Somalia, Colombia, Haiti and the militarization of Rwanda as a tool of U.S. foreign policy in Africa and around the world, where millions have been killed and subjugated to military assault. Event organizers report that, “While the vast majority of oppressor nations including the UK, are opposed to Obama’s call to strike Syria, there is no genuine white anti-war movement in those countries, fighting for unconditional support to the struggles of the colonised peoples of the world. It falls on the oppressed African community and other colonized peoples in the UK to build an active movement in opposition to all imperialist wars, which are by definition unjust wars.” The Coalition declares its determination to speak out and express solidarity with Syria and all who are resisting the unreported imperialist wars throughout Africa. Luwezi Kinshasa stated, “The world is increasingly being characterised by the growing participation of masses of oppressed peoples in the struggles to reclaim control over our own lives and future. We want to make the public aware that Barack Obama, the first U.S. African president, is responsible for an AFRICOM assault on an African country and the expansion of AFRICOM throughout most of the African continent.”
Victory to Syria! Police out of Harlem! Black is Back Coalition rally deepens anti-colonial resistance
Imperialism at home and abroad
All speakers present united with the overview made by Comrade Olugbala in which he stated that there is no difference between the function and nature of the U.S. colonial police in the African community and that of the U.S. imperialist state, typically in the form of the Marines in the Middle East.Moreover, Olugbala explained, the anti-colonial sector of the African Liberation Movement has a responsibility to unite with the anti-U.S. imperialist resistance being waged by the toiling masses of Arab people in the Middle East, for doing so serves to weaken the capacity of the U.S. imperialist state to attack the African community.
Therefore, the BIBC sees it as its responsibility to lend any resources at its disposal to the support and defense of the Syrian people and their struggle for liberation, and that the holding of this action is one of the ways in which such support must be lent.This united position enabled the BIBC to project a genuine anti-imperialist line out to the international anti-imperialist movement. Local as well as international media covered the BIBC’s involvement in the Hands Off Syria actions. The BIBC's position on the Syria invasions also won the unity of the African community itself, where African workers began to stop in to support. Some joined in the action, picking up signs or joining with the chants.BIBC organizers distributed literature to the people and signed those who were interested up to join the coalition.The action also enabled the BIBC to deepen its relationship with other anti-imperialist organizations in the U.S., particularly in New York City.
Among the representatives of such organizations was Fernanda Pardo of RSCC. Fernanda made an insightful statement and mobilizing call for activists to unite with the struggle against not only the imperialist invasion of Syria but also the ideological and recruitment strategy that U.S. general David Petraeus is implementing in City University of New York (CUNY) campuses through their ROTC programs.We also heard a statement from police brutality activist Jose LaSalle about the terroristic relationship that the NYPD has with African community in Harlem.Mobilizing statements were made by Emmanuel Pardilla of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the ANSWER Coalition. Emmanuel pointed to the fact that the U.S. imperialist state is engaged in imperialist assault on Syria and the African and other oppressed peoples worldwide. Between speakers, other BIBC organizers put out consistent statements tying the colonial war the U.S. government is waging against the African community and that which it threatens to initiate in Syria.The BIBC reminded ruling class media as well that it was the U.S. government that has waged chemical warfare against the African community at least since the Vietnam War where it extracted opium for conversion to heroin that it would ultimately flood the same streets of Harlem with.Given this history, who is the U.S. to accuse anyone of wielding chemical weapons? Even if it was proven that Syria had chemical weapons, who is the U.S. to say they do not have a right to?
For the duration of the demonstration, BIBC speakers broke the already glass-jawed justification for an invasion of Syria down to its last compound.The BIBC-led demonstration in Harlem gave an entirely different significance and definition to the general anti-war movement's response to Syria.This is a form of resistance against U.S. imperialism from one U.S. colony to another. While the anti-imperialist struggle in Syria and other parts of the world are not currently led by revolutionary organization or theory, it is clear that the conditions for the emergence of revolutionary scale are emerging right now.The presence of the BIBC, and its growing influence amongst the broad sectors of the international anti-imperialist movement, is evidence of the emergence of such conditions.
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