GUINEA-BISSAU: PACESETTER FOR AFRICAN LIBERATION
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
The report discusses the liberation struggle in Guinea-Bissau, which is far from the Southern African region that is still under minority or settler rule but is closely linked to it politically. The liberation struggle in Guinea-Bissau is more advanced than anywhere else is white-ruled Africa. During the 1960s, the political struggle expand in white-ruled Africa, and armed liberation struggle began against Portuguese colonial authority in Angola (1961), Guinea-Bissau (1963), and Mozambique (1964), the white settler regime of Rhodesia (1967), and the South African bulwark of white supremacy that controlled of its own Black population as well as the country of South West Africa (Namibia) (1967). In Guinea-Bissau, the PAIGC’s political organization, agricultural development, and medical and educational programs are well established in liberated areas in more than two-thirds of the country, despite constant danger from the war, especially of Portuguese air raids (in planes that come from NATO countries). This year, PAIGC is holding nationwide elections for a national assembly. In April, a mission from the United Nations Decolonization Committee, from which the United States resigned last year, visited the liberated areas. In spite of intensified Portuguese attacks during their visit, the delegation reported its conclusion that the PAIGC should be recognized as the only legitimate representative of the people of Guinea. The report says it is probably only a matter of time until a PAIGC-established liberation government gains admission to the United Nations, unless this is vetoed by the U.S., Britain, or France. Regardless, international solidarity with the people of Guinea-Bissau is growing (such as aid from the Scandinavian countries), and the struggle is advancing towards the final expulsion of the Portuguese from the mainland, although on the Cape Verde Islands it will be more difficult. The report says that Portugal and other white powers of Africa see Guinea-Bissau as the first domino that must not be allowed to fall. Several groups in Madison are supporting a fund drive to support PAIGC, particularly for its medical and educational programs. These groups include the Afro-American Community Services Center, Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa, and the Movement for Political and Economic Democracy. The report discusses MPLA, FRELIMO, PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde), and Amilcar Cabral.
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers