Last week the police and state security forces in Ghana arrested a number of comrades who were demonstrating against the imperialist war on Libya. Amongst their number were comrades from the UK. Red Youth is happy to report that these comrades have now been released, but the struggle to release Libya from the devastating effects of the imperialist predatory war of aggression goes on. Red Youth reproduces below the statement of the AAPRP on the events of last week:
The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, Convention Peoples Party and the Pan-African Improvement Organization and other demonstrators arrested in Ghana on Kwame Nkrumah’s Birthday.
Today September 21st on Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday celebration a great tragedy has occurred in Ghana!! The U.S.-NATO Hands Off Libya! Hands Off Africa! Coalition organized a march from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the U.S. Embassy to demonstrate against the illegal U.S.-NATO invasion and for victory to Qaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya. At approximately 11amGMT several members of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, the party called for by Kwame Nkrumah in the Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare; the Convention Peoples Party, the party founded by Nkrumah and the Pan-African Improvement Organization and other demonstrators were arrested for marching to stop the illegal occupation of Libya!!
The memory of Kwame Nkrumah is tainted today by the actions of the police force of Ghana instructed by the U.S. Embassy. What justification does the U.S. Embassy have for orchestrating the arrest of these Africans who were participating in a peaceful march that will benefit Africa and Ghana! Although the Ghana government is supporting the NATO invasion the people in Ghana are in full support of the people of Libya and are among many African voices that are calling for the immediate halt of this invasion.
Pan-Africanism: The total liberation and unification of Africa Under scientific socialism is the only solution to eradicating our people from the tentacles of imperialism. This action is nothing short of a demonstration of the exploitative and oppressive actions of the imperialists to oppress and beat down Pan-African movements and African people!! We must stand in solidarity with the ACCRA 25 while they are being subjected to this oppressive treatment dictated by the American Embassy!!
Kwame Nkrumah reminds us in Neo-Colonialism the Last Stage of Imperialism that, “The essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside” This is what our comrades were marching against!! They were marching against neo-colonialism and the re-colonization of the African continent!! This will positively benefit not only Ghana but also the entire African continent and African people world-side!!
We demand that our comrades in the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, the Pan-African Improvement Organization, the Conventions Peoples Party and other demonstrators be released immediately!!
Release and absolve the ACCRA 25 of all charges immediately!!!
RELEASE and Absolve THE ACCRA 25 IMMEDIATELY!!
If you want to help now call these numbers and demand the release and absolution of all charges for the Accra 25!!!
Call: (+44-20) 72354142 fax: +44-20) 72459552
(44) 813428686fax (44) 813458566
(312) 236-3309fax (312) 236-3310
Ghana Los Angeles
(213) 231-2171fax (213) 235-5536
USA Embassy in Ghana
fax (233) 30-2741-6921
About arrest: Address to American citizen services email: email@example.com
Front office (202) 647-9600Human Rights (202) 647-1155UN Political affairs: (202) 647-2392 Bureau of African Affairs