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From "CNT AIT" <cnt.ait@wanadoo.fr>
Date Fri, 21 Feb 2003 07:46:48 +0100 (CET)

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This is just the translation in english 
of a text about the actual situation
in Ivory Coast, wrote by an african 
We already published it on The 
Combat Syndicalist newspaper 
(the CNT AIT paper)......

Since the death of the dictator Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the
pretenders to the throne of the Ivory Coast are legion and use all
the stratagems and dubious ideologies to seize power: republicanism,
ivoirity (national preference), or death squads, attacks...

With the attempt at a coup d'etat on the 19 September, 2002, one can think
that Gbagbo (the new despot, elected official with difficulty in October
2000) would not be today be in power without the assistance of Chirac. It
should be said that Houphouet-Boigny knew well to sell the Côte.d'ivoire
during his reign. Racketeers (primarily French) for a long time invested in
juicy markets with the help of their military and financial support for the
dictator. Agricultural products (coffee, cocoa, cotton) especially interest
the French. Manufactured goods are sold in all West Africa, where they very
often constitute the only alternative to the more expensive French products.
Then, to paralyse the economy of the Côte d'ivoire, is to touch that of the
whole sub-region. For example, since the failed coup d'etat missed in Cote
d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso suffers a oil shortage for motorcycles - the most
used means of transport by the population, which is not without
consequences. The current crisis is significant, it shows the race of the
despots for power but also the dominating role of the French State in
Africa. Today the Cote d'Ivoire is again returned to war, it is France which
referees, which says "who does what" and "with whom" (Agreement of
Marcoussis, January 2003). In the event of dissension, it kills (30 Ivorians
were killed by French soldiers on January 6, 2003). During this time, the
African people live in misery, unemployment, lacking water and food, with
limited access to health care and education... Vis-a-vis that,
resourcefulness and mutual aid are the bases of survival. The popular
revolts are also very numerous : student demonstrations which denounce
corruption, demonstrations of districts against expulsions, the cuts of
water and electricity. Each African knows that he risks his life while going
in the street. How many dead and wounded to leave this misery and to
denounce corruption ? Nobody makes the calculation ! It should be noted that
they do not ask for voting rights, nobody died for this con trick ! Those in
power, it doesn't matter which ideology they are, are not content with
filling their pockets, keep their compatriots in a hole. They racketeer,
imprison, torture and kill any person acting publicly for the right to live
in dignity. "Social peace" is necessary to capitalism, and as the life of an
African is not worth anything... France supported all the dictators and
African presidents, and is thus accessory to all their crimes. Today it is a
new turn which is taken with the xenophobia which is spreading across the
Côte d'ivoire. The "foreigners" are once again a safety-valve for economic
problems. One needs a culprit for misery ; then fashion indicates a
"Dioula", a "Burkinabé" (just like in France it is no good being "Arab" or
"Gypsy"). Let us stop following blindly and refuse the war in Côte d'ivoire
! We revolt against the tyrants !


To contact the french CNT :
7 rue St Rémésy
tel / fax : +33 561 52 86 48

CNT is the french section of the International Workers Association,
international of the worlwide anarchosydncialists. All the contacts are on

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