**NATIONAL ANTI-SLAVERY MARCH**
This Saturday 9th December 2017
Assemble: 12 Noon @ Belgrave Square, London SW1X
Marching to: the Libyan Embassy.
15 Knightsbridge, Belgravia. London SW1X 7LY
All men are created equal?
We believe that all men are created equal – yet around the world today our brothers and sisters are in chains. Our souls cry out in anger and pain when we see slave markets re-born in Libya, in the 21st century. How has humanity arrived at this shameful and humiliating place?
We believe that the colour of a person’s skin should have no more significance than the colour of their eyes. Yet the country we are born in, the economic position of our parents and the colour of our skin - events of accident, of chance - profoundly affect the life chances and life expectancy of all human beings on our planet today. How can this be? And how can we bring reality into accord with our cherished principles and beliefs?
While demanding the abolition of this disgusting rebirth of chattel slavery, we are keenly aware that the majority of humanity’s population today are degraded and enslaved not in this direct manner, but by their wage-slavery, by impoverishment and immiseraion at the hands of capitalism, greedy for maximum profit regardless of the human and environmental cost.
Libya today and yesterday
So why has classical chattel-slavery re-emerged in Libya? One does not need a long memory to recall that in 2011, NATO waged a war of regime change, using a new model, since transported to wreak havoc in Syria.
Today’s Libyan ‘Government of National Accord’ is, the poisoned fruit of that genocidal NATO campaign. The GNA is an imposed ‘Vichy’ comprador government. It does not represent and is not responsible to the Libyan people.
As such, NATO bears direct responsibility for the composition and actions of its junior partners, up to and including, inter-alia, its ongoing campaigns of murder and rape in Libya to impose a backward social code, its terrorist outrages committed in Libya and elsewhere, (such as the Manchester Bombing in May 2017), its involvement in trafficking displaced migrants who are drowned in their thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean to escape poverty in sub-Saharan Africa – and, as a profitable off-shoot of this, actual slave trading.
NATO and the Islamists; an unholy alliance
Without NATO arms, logistical support and air-power, there is no way this rag-tag bunch of feudal mercenaries – now engaged in slave trading – could ever have toppled the progressive, secular and popular government led by Muammar Gaddafi. During the 2011 war, literally millions of Libyan citizens demonstrated to show their support for their government, cheering on Gaddafi, who defied the aerial bombardment to salute the crowds from the back of a jeep.
Imperialism seeks domination, not democracy
USA’s first ‘African-American’ president, Barak Hussein Obama oversaw the Libyan coup, providing a sober and credible figurehead for what was in fact a barbarous, anti-democratic, colonial war waged against a small, peaceful and prosperous North-African country. We wonder if Trump could have pulled it off with such aplomb?
Libya has huge oil reserves and, on the basis of its previous export of oil, it had significant financial reserves amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars – the Libyan sovereign wealth funds – which were seized by international capitalists in the US and Europe as part of its financial war. The plunder of Libyan oil and Libyan gold were NATOs true goals.
None of these realities, well known to us at the time, were reflected in our national media. Their coverage (including from our beloved ‘impartial & objective’ BBC) that accompanied NATOs Libyan genocide was a one-sided campaign of war-mongering lies that would have made Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, blush.
Then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton cackled with glee when her rats overran Sirte, lynched black Africans and finally murdered and mutilated the President himself, screeching triumphantly on live national TV “We came, we saw, he died!”
We believe that AFRICAN LIVES MATTER: No to Slave Trading; No to NATO PLUNDER! END NATO IMPERIALISM!
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