The Anti-imperialist Internationalist Front organised an event dedicated to a better understanding of the reasons why people from Africa migrate to Europe.
A lot has been said and continues being said about immigration and this subject is always illustrated with African people despite the fact that they are the least numerous in our country, and above all, we do not know their cultures, their realities and their reasons for emigrating.
We want to break stereotypes and myths, we want to point out the root causes of migration as past and present imperialism and we will do so with some of the protagonists.
A number of immigrants testified to their personal experiences, to the hardships they have endured up to this point and to the difficulties they have added to their daily life in the Spanish state, as a consequence of deep-rooted racism among the population and fuelled by the actions of an administration that is always very tolerant of this.
But the most important thing about the interventions that took place during the event lies in the clarity with which they perceive that they and their countries are the victims of the imperialism exercised by the Euro-Atlantic powers, which seek to strip African nations of their wealth and overexploit their peoples with complete disregard for the catastrophic consequences for the latter in terms of impoverishment, violence and environmental and social destruction. They also denounce the role of NGOs, which only serve to silence consciences and enrich their agents, while distracting society’s attention from the root causes of so much suffering. And that only organization and resistance, together with radical action from the heart of the European peoples, will be able to reverse this situation.
Within our campaign “70 years of war. NATO no, bases out”, we informed of the call that has been launched in Almeria for mobilizations against the base of the Legion in Viator, from which numerous contingents have been sent to military operations abroad:
This April 4th marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of NATO, a political and military organisation at the service of the economic and all kinds of interests of the USA and the Western imperialist powers. All NATO interventions are contrary to the interests of the world working and popular class and to the sovereignty of the peoples.
Throughout its existence it has developed imperialist wars all over the world: Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria… provoking millions of wounded, tortured, murdered and the impoverishment of the whole population. The countries where it intervenes remain in a situation of instability and continuous war.
NATO, with its Yankee leader at its head, has forced its members, as is the case of the Spanish state, to allocate 2% of GDP for military spending. In practice, this has meant that the Spanish government has decided to increase the planned military expenditure by 7,331 million euros, in addition to the 5,000 million already approved previously. What is given for war is taken away from our educational, health and social needs.
In this dependent Andalusia, with enormous levels of unemployment and precarious work, in addition, we have to support in our territory the existence of military bases at the service of the Spanish oligarchy, such as Viator, at the service of NATO, and American bases such as Rota and Morón, the three used at the service of the imperialist wars of robbery, and the aggressions and invasions disguised as NATO’s so-called “humanitarian missions” in Africa and the Middle East.
For all these reasons and because of the danger that having such a close military base as Viator’s represents for the people of Almeria, it is time for us to become aware and take to the streets to show our deep love for peace and our rejection of all NATO’s crimes. We have two upcoming occasions to do so, on Thursday 4 April at 8 p.m. we will concentrate on the Purchena Gate and on Sunday 7 April at 11 a.m. we will also start the IV March on foot from the Purchena Gate to the Viator Base.
LET’S MOVE AGAINST THE OTAN,
FOR A PEACEFUL ALMERIA WITHOUT A MILITARY BASE!
NATO Platform NO, BASES OUTSIDE-ALMERIA
April 4th 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO. Coinciding with this date, the Internationalist Anti-imperialist Front (IAF) has launched the campaign “70 years of war. Not NATO, base outside”.