On 51 years ago today, Patrice Lumumba, anti-colonial leader and the legally elected prime minister of the Congo, was brutally assassinated by U.S. and Belgian forces. Lumumba was a leader for the people who represented the interests of the African workers and demanded that the resources of Congo benefit the people of Africa, not Belgium or other foreign colonial powers.
As explained by Luwezi Kinshasa, Secretary General of the African Socialist International, Lumumba was “the only leader to have spoken to the interests and aspirations of the masses of Congo and to uncompromisingly defend people’s interests, to the peril of his life. Lumumba understood that until the imperialist international order is broken in Africa, Congo would never be free; alien imperialist forces will always decide what we produce and who we produce it for.”
For 51 years since the assassination of Lumumba, Congo has been controlled by neocolonial forces under which the masses of the Africans have suffered and their resources exploited for the benefit of the governments and general white population in the US and Europe, such as the mineral coltan that is used to build computers and cellphones. In the past 10 years, over 5 million African people have been killed in genocidal US-backed proxy wars in the Congo.
It is in response to these conditions, which are no different from the misery imposed on African people throughout the African continent and the world wherever Africans are located, that the Uhuru Movement is building and leading the African Socialist International to unite African workers around the world in the struggle to recapture Africa’s resources and to seize political power in their own hands.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement honors the legacy of Lumumba on this day and wishes to expres our unconditional solidarity with the work of the African Socialist International, which is currently building chapters in the African community in Europe including in Belgium, Germany, the UK and France.
We recognize that, as white people, massive amounts of wealth and resources are brought into our communities as a result of the same vicious white power system of colonialism that brutally assassinated Lumumba on 51 years ago today. We are the ones who benefit from the coltan and other minerals that are violently expropriated from the people of Congo. And as an organization that works directly under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, we are committed to turning over the stolen resources to the African community and joining in solidarity with the struggle to free Africa and all of Africa’s resources!
If you want to be a part of overturning the legacy of colonialism and take a stand on the side of the African revolutionaries who are carrying forward Lumumba’s struggle for a united and free Africa, then you should join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement today and get involved in the movement of Euro-Americans and other allies of African Liberation working directly under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party!
Below we are posting, in honor of Lumumba, a series of links to articles and videos from Uhuru News on the political struggles in the Congo and the work of the ASI, as well as a revolutionary hip-hop music video by artists from Congo: