Note of the Editorial Board: The following message of solidarity was read out at a rally in Lagos (Nigeria) in front of the embassy of Togo on 6 October 2017. The rally was organized by the Pan African Consciousness Renaissance and other socialist and democratic organizations.
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Brothers and sisters!
We want to send our warmest greetings to you and to the proud people of Togo who protest since many weeks against the disgraceful dictatorship of President Faure Gnassingbé!
We condemn the Gnassingbé regime which has helped imperialist corporations since decades to exploit the country's valuable phosphate deposits as well as its agricultural products.
This regime is also part of regional pro-imperialist political institutions like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of which Gnassingbé is currently the chairman. ECOWAS serves the imperialist 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, US, and China). It is via such regimes that the imperialist bourgeoisie are able to economically suck dry the African workers and poor peasants under the cover of political (pseudo-)independence.
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!
* For a workers' and poor peasants' government!
* Long Live the Revolution! Aluta Continua!
Mainda Simataa (General Secretary of ELA-Zambia)
Michael Pröbsting (International Secretary of the RCIT)
You can read a more extensive statement in solidarity with the mass protests in Togo here: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/togo-down-with-gnassingbe/
Economic Liberation Association (Zambia), http://www.elazambia.org
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, México, Venezuela, Israel/Occupied Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Aotearoa / New Zealand, Germany, Britain and Austria), www.thecommunists.net