Joint Statement of ELA (Zambia), IAAEE (Sierra Leone), MSP (Sierra Leone), PACOR (Nigeria), PAM (Kenya) and RCIT, 12 October 2017
We, the undersigned organisations, express our solidarity with the popular protests against the Gnassingbé regime in Togo.
We condemn this government for its role in helping imperialist corporations to exploit the country's valuable phosphate deposits as well as its agricultural products.
Likewise we denounce the Gnassingbé regime for its role in regional pro-imperialist political institutions like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ECOWAS serves the Great Powers not only as an economic institution but also by providing troops for imperialist interventions (e.g., in Mali in 2013).
The Gnassingbé regime is part of the numerous dictatorships and pseudo-democracies which are ruling the peoples of Africa in the service of the imperialist Great Powers and their monopolies (like France, Britain, US, and China). It is via such regimes that the imperialists are able to economically suck dry the African workers and poor peasants under the cover of political (pseudo-)independence. There is no real political independence without economic freedom!
We send our warmest greetings to the proud people of Togo who demonstrate since many weeks for democracy and freedom!
We warn against the political games of the opposition leader Tikpi Atchadam and his pro-capitalist PNP. Atchadam wants to limit the protests to small constitutional reforms instead of supporting an authentic popular movement for the overthrow of the regime.
In our opinion freedom and equality can only be secured if the workers, poor peasants and youth combine the toppling of the reactionary regime with the expulsion of the imperialist monopolies and the Great Powers and the expropriation of the ruling capitalist class. Only thus will they be able to create their own government which can open the road towards socialism.
* Solidarity with the Togolese masses!
* Down with the neo-colonial regimes of Gnassigbe!
* No political independence without economic freedom!
* For a workers' and poor peasants' government!
* Long Live the Revolution! Aluta Continua!
Undersigned Organisations (in alphabetic order):
Economic Liberation Association (Zambia), http://www.elazambia.org
International African Alliance for Economic Emancipation (Sierra Leone)
Movement for Social Progress (Sierra Leone)
Pan African Consciousness Renaissance (Lagos, Nigeria), https://m.facebook.com/pacrenaissance/?ref=bookmarks
Pan African Movement – Kenyan Chapter
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, México, Venezuela, Israel/Occupied Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Aotearoa / New Zealand, Germany, Britain and Austria), www.thecommunists.net