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Harlem march says: 'Hands off Zimbabwe!'
Published Apr 22, 2007 11:13 PM
WW photo: Monica Moorehead
“Mugabe is right!” and “Bush and Blair are wrong!”
were two slogans chanted repeatedly during a march in Harlem, N.Y., on April 14
to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the liberation of the southern Africa
country of Zimbabwe from British colonialism in 1980. The Brooklyn-based
December 12th Movement and Friends of Zimbabwe initiated the march, which was
supported by other groups.
The demonstration was more than just a celebration of independence. It also
served as an occasion to defend Zimbabwe’s sovereignty and its president,
Robert Mugabe, from ongoing threats by U.S. and British imperialism.
The Zimbabwean government has been carrying out a radical land redistribution
plan to take back the land for African people that was stolen by white
landowners when the country was first colonized in the late 1800s. Both Blair
and Bush have been the main cheerleaders for imposing economic sanctions on
Zimbabwe. These sanctions have strained the economy of this country.
March organizers also linked the land issue in Zimbabwe to the ongoing crisis
of massive gentrification in Harlem caused by big real estate developers who
want to turn what was once referred to as the “capital of Black
America” into a haven for affluent whites.
On April 13, Workers World Party held a special forum at the Solidarity Center
in Manhattan on Zimbabwe featuring Omowale Clay, a leader of the December 12th
Movement. A podcast of Clay’s remarks can be heard at www.workers.org.
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