Contras … in Africa?

by George Lippman, FREEDOM RISING! Africa Solidarity Committee
San Francisco, California, United States
Undated, fall 1987?
Publisher: FREEDOM RISING! Africa Solidarity Committee
3 pages

The mailing to organizations in the Central America solidarity movement aims to begin a dialogue about Central America and Southern Africa movements working together. It also invites people to a major event at UC Berkeley on November 6 featuring John Stockwell, former head of the CIA's Angola Task Force, and Serge Mukendi, a leader of the people's struggle in Congo/Zaire. The people of Angola, led by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), won their freedom from Portugal in 1975; since then, the U.S. and South Africa have not accepted Angola's right to be free and to chart its own, socialist, path. The South African military has continually invaded from Namibia and is fighting with and commanding UNITA troops, much as the U.S. did with South Vietnamese troops in Vietnam. Parallels between U.S. strategy in Nicaragua and Angola are striking. In Angola, UNITA, a tribally-based force, has been built up to terrorize the population, sabotage the economy, and contend with the Angolan government for international legitimacy. Sworn Congressional testimony has revealed that CIA Director Casey arranged for Saudi Arabia to give millions of dollars to UNITA; Casey also visited South Africa to arrange transport of arms to UNITA. Mozambique, led by the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO), also won its war for freedom from Portugal in 1975; but it is still fighting for its right to live in peace and develop in the interests of its people. The first president of Mozambique, Samora Machel, was assassinated in a plane crash over South Africa. The MNR or RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) was created by white settler Rhodesia's intelligence agents and has since been taken over by South Africa. The House Intelligence Committee has voted for $27 million more aid for UNITA. The mailing discusses the University of California, Berkeley, the Clark Amendment, the Boland Amendment, Oliver North, Zaire's Kamina Base, murder of 424 people in the coastal town of Homoine, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, Contragate, repressive regime, the Doll Bill, S1228, DeConcini Amendment, and human rights abuses.  • Angola: the Price of Freedom Has Been 12 Years of War • Mozambique: a luta continua • No Contra Aid!

Used by permission of several former members of FREEDOM RISING!
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers