Congo Loses a Liberator

by Fight Back! Editors |
January 1, 2001
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As we go to press, we have received word that Laurent Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been murdered. As we see it, this is a tragedy. Africa has lost another one of its freedom fighters.

While we do not know what motivated those who shot President Kabila, we do know who will rejoice at his death - the multinational corporations who want to loot the resources of Congo; Washington D.C. politicians who cursed his courage and commitment; the CIA; and a handful of African rulers who have sold their souls to those who want to re-colonized Africa.

President Kabila was a thoughtful and complex man, whose contributions cannot be erased or obscured. Laurent Kabila led the fight that ended the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko - a mass murderer who looted the country's resources while faithfully serving Wall Street. He refused to bow down to those who wanted to carve up Congo.

In the period ahead, we hope that the democratic popular movement in Congo wins still greater victories. We are opposed to all who support and apologize for aggression against the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are confident that new heroes will step forward to continue the work of Laurent Kabila.