MALI - Imperialist G5-Sahel joint force is killing civilians

On the 19th of may a patrol of malian army, unter control of the G5-sahel joint force, was attacked by so called „terrorists“ in Boulikessy : 1 soldier and 12 „terrorists“ were killed is the official announcement. In reports of relatives of the victimes and local journalists it says, that the victimes were no terrorists: „15 civils are killed by men in uniform“ - the local city chief confirmed this statement. It wasn‘t the first time wrong announcements were made.

The G5-Sahel joint force was officially launched in July 2017, it‘s an European Union military project, led by France and Germany. Before there was „Operation Berkhane“ a french led military operation with 3.500 french solders, to push through the interests of french imperialism in the G5-Sahel, which includes Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad. With the slogan „Europe which protects“ around 400 Million Euros are paid by imperialist European countries to train the military forces in the sahel zone. France is still the main imperialist in north-west Africa. They get 70% of their needed uranium from Niger for example. Even bourgeois journalists and french diplomats claim, that the military program is destabilizing the area and they didn‘t reach their „goals“: „Reality is: The set goals were never reached. Neither in the north of Mali, nor in the Sahel zone. The north and the center of Mali is out of control. The operations which should make these zones more safe, have failed. Never before there was such a high level of violence in Mali as today.“ (Laurent Bigot, french diplomat, which worked in Mali) Further they state that the „north and center of Mali is out of control“. Corruption, drug-selling and killings increased in the period of imperialist aggression. To hide their real goal, the increase of profits and influence, they claim the „struggle against terrorism“ and „development of African countries“. Already today Mali has the highest rate of attacks on foreign military and blue Helmet troops in Africa. It shows clearly that the suppressed masses know that the imperialists are only there to gain more profits, doesn‘t matter if they need massacre and imperialist war to reach their goals. Mao Tse-tung, leader of the Chinese revolution and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, said about the real power of the imperialists: "Only when imperialism is eliminated can peace prevail. The day will come when the paper tigers will be wiped out. But they won't become extinct of their own accord, they need to be battered by the wind and the rain. When we say U.S. imperialism is a paper tiger, we are speaking in terms of strategy. Regarding it as a whole, we must despise it. But regarding each part, we must take it seriously. It has claws and fangs. We have to destroy it piecemeal. For instance, if it has ten fangs, knock off one the first time, and there will be nine left, knock off another, and there will be eight left. When all the fangs are gone, it will still have claws. If we deal with it step by step and in earnest, we will certainly succeed in the end. Strategically, we must utterly despise U.S. imperialism. Tactically, we must take it seriously. In struggling against it, we must take each battle, each encounter, seriously. At present, the United States is powerful, but when looked at in a broader perspective, as a whole and from a long-term viewpoint, it has no popular support, its policies are disliked by the people, because it oppresses and exploits them. For this reason, the tiger is doomed. Therefore, it is nothing to be afraid of and can be despised. But today the United States still has strength, turning out more than 100 million tons of steel a year and hitting out everywhere. That is why we must continue to wage struggles against it, fight it with all our might and wrest one position after another from it. And that takes time." Fight against G5-Sahel joint force! Death to Imperialism! Only the New Democratic Revolution will bring real independence and development! Source: https://www.marxists.orgA/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-5/mswv5_52.htm

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