Memorialising the Soweto Struggle

Submitted by the Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba

Cuba, Africa and Apartheid’s End

Online event: Friday 16 June, 7pm (Eastern Caribbean Time)

Professor Isaac Saney

To mark the 47th anniversary of the historic Soweto uprisings and highlight the

crucial role that Cuba played in the destruction of South Africa’s apartheid regime,

the Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba and the Canadian Network on Cuba

will be hosting a joint online meeting on Friday 16 June at 7pm (Eastern

Caribbean Time).

The main speaker will be Professor Isaac Saney of Dalhousie

University, Canada who will be launching his recent book, titled, Cuba, Africa and

Apartheid’s End – Africa’s Children Return. Linking the meeting to the broader Pan

African struggle and also marking Africa Liberation Day, which is celebrated on 25

May each year, Ameth Lo from the Group for Research and Initiatives for the

Liberation of Africa (GRILA) will explain the current steps being taken by the imperial

powers, including France, to reinforce their control over west Africa and the Sahel

region and the people’s resistance. Dr Neville Graham a senior consultant

laparoscopic surgeon from Jamaica who trained as a doctor in Cuba in the 1970s will

speak about his experiences of studying in Cuba. In keeping with the Pan African

theme of the event, his contribution is intended to highlight Cuba’s positive role in the

wider African diaspora. In addition to the speakers, the event will feature

documentary inputs depicting Cuba’s involvement in the liberation struggle in Africa

and a cultural performance.

This meeting is part of the ongoing work of the 2 networks to raise public awareness

about Cuba, highlight the cruel injustice of the US economic blockade of that country

and build momentum to, in the words of the Cuban President Díaz-Canel, “beat the

blockade without waiting for them to lift it”.

You can participate in the meeting via the following platforms:



18 thoughts on “Memorialising the Soweto Struggle

  1. It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration, inna I-ration
    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration

    In the beginning there was but one concept
    And that’s the concept of I
    Then arose Apollyon the devil (Satan! Satan!)
    Claiming that it’s you and I
    And from that day on, there is trouble
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    From that day on
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    We’ve got wars and rumours of wars
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    Nations rising up against nations
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    Mother against daughter
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    Father against son
    (Trouble in the world and the world gone astray)
    Little children having children (trouble! trouble!)

    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration, inna I-ration
    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration

    I see light fighting against darkness
    Righteousness against evil
    Right battling against wrong
    Here comes bondage, struggling for freedom
    But have patience I I-dren have patience!
    Don’t be burdened by reasons of tribulations
    Have patience I I-dren have patience!
    Remember the call of redemption
    It says: Blessed art the poor
    (They shall inherit the earth)
    Blessed art the meek
    (They shall have a birth)
    Them that hunger and thirst after righteousness
    Them alone shall be called blessed

    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration, inna I-ration
    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration

    Walk beyond to the pastors that lead my sheep astray
    Everyone, everyone shall get his pay, yes
    For the gates of hell just could never prevail
    I’d like to say: Babylon failed
    There is one like unto a place of fire
    His name I can tell
    He is conquering and to conquer
    The gates of doom and hell
    And life, long life, is His reward
    To them that are good
    As for the heathen, as for the heathen
    In their hearts His name is terrible and dreadful

    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration, inna I-ration
    It’s the Amagideon!
    Taking place inna I-ration

    The night is passed the day is come
    I see Jah shining in the shining sun

  2. Soweto, Apartheid and Cuba cannot make complete sense unless they are synthesized within this contemporary historical moment.

    Without them ……… there is no now.

    And without a now ……….. these struggles are vastly less meaningful.

    Bring the struggles home to Mama!

    Bring the house of cards down!

  3. @ David

    Ironically, this thread reminded me of a recent documentary video I watched on YouTube entitled, “Dominican Republic: Anti-Haitian Feeling,” in which the maltreatment of both legal and illegal Haitian immigrants was highlighted.

    Soldiers/police drive around every day in a large vehicles, with ‘immigration control’ written at the rear, rounding up Haitians for deportation, whether or not they have valid passports and visas or legitimate proof of their status.
    They are taken from their homes, the streets and fields.
    In some instances, children are deported without their parents.
    However, women with children are deported more frequently.

    It was reported that, in 2022, approximately 75,000 Haitians were deported from DR.

    The DR government commenced the construction of a €30M, 380km wall along the border between the two countries, to assist in controlling the illegal entry of Haitians into the country.

    Several of them reside under slum conditions in Puerto Escondido…… living in poorly constructed or dilapidated structures, some built with tree limbs and plastic for the roof.

    Some are often forced to work, illegally, on farms for up to 7 Pesos a day, which, under similar circumstances, is twice as less as what Dominicans work for.
    Others work in the tourism industry.

    The situation is becoming increasingly difficult.

    • @Artax

      Isn’t it unusual we do not have this conversation in Caricom or the world for that matter? We are hypocrites.

  4. “Isn’t it unusual we do not have this conversation in Caricom or the world for that matter? We are hypocrites.”

    @ David

    Ironically, once again, I included a similar question and comment in my contribution, but deleted them.

    CARICOM seems to be silent on issues relating to what’s occurring in Hispaniola, while we feel contented to mention something about the Russia/Ukraine war on almost every thread.

    I remember reading Haiti has the second largest deposit of a rare metal known as iridium…… known for its hardness, high melting point and resistance to corrosion.

    Some sources also indicate the country has high quality gold, silver, bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate and other mineral deposits, in addition to trillions of dollars worth of oil and natural gas.

    Yet, Haiti remains the poorest country in the region.

    Those resources, if managed efficiently, would result in the country achieving sustained economic growth and attract much needed foreign investment.  

    But, regional territories are all experiencing economic problems as well.

    • @Artax

      Haiti has the problem of the great divide between the haves and have nots which has led to endemic corruption and instability. A country in the grip of ‘families’.

      It is hard to see light at the end of the tunnel given the preoccupation with domestic affairs by regional governments. This could be a hobby horse for our international acclaimed globetrotter?

  5. @ David

    Believe it or not, I had similar thoughts.

    She has expressed her thoughts on issues ranging from climate change to the Russia/Ukraine war; delivered the 20th Nelson Mandela Lecture, addressed the Conference of African Ministers of Finance and even called ‘for making the world a better place,’ when she spoke at the COP27 World Leaders’ Summit.

    Surely the ‘Supreme Leader’ could champion the Haitian cause in the international arena.

  6. Same Old Same Old
    Racism is still very popular so they call it populism in politics,
    which is spreading in more countries.
    Another shade of racism is nationalism and anti-immigration,
    which is also another platform for theses bandwagonists.
    Dog whistles are used to send the messages and used to reinforce the regressive hate.
    Progressives are labeleld “woke” and there is a rightwing war on wokeness.

  7. Re : White History is systemic oppression
    This is why they are BANNING black history in schools..

  8. The Soweto uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa under apartheid that began on the morning of 16 June 1976.
    Deaths: Minimum of 176 with some estimates ranging up to 700
    Injured: 1,000+
    Victims: Students

    The Sharpeville massacre occurred on 21 March 1960 at the police station in the township of Sharpeville in the then Transvaal Province of the then Union of South Africa (today part of Gauteng). After demonstrating against anti-black pass laws, a crowd of about 7,000 black protesters went to the police station. Sources disagree as to the behaviour of the crowd: some state that the crowd was peaceful, while others state that the crowd had been hurling stones at the police and that the mood had turned “ugly”. The South African Police (SAP) opened fire on the crowd when the crowd started advancing toward the fence around the police station; tear-gas had proved ineffectual. There were 249 victims in total, including 29 children, with 69 people killed and 180 injured. Some were shot in the back as they fled.

    The massacre was photographed by photographer Ian Berry, who initially thought the police were firing blanks.In present-day South Africa, 21 March is celebrated as a public holiday in honour of human rights and to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre.

    Lee Scratch Perry In Action Dub [aka South Africa Free Dub]
    Easy Squeeze

  9. Earthquake hits Haiti a fews after severe flooding killed 42 people. Unfortunately, gangs are creating difficulties for humanitarian groups to provide aid to people in affected communities.

  10. I smell a rat
    Axes of Evil
    Warmongers Club
    US+UK have announced an allied partnership to ensure they control world’s economies and counteract the threat of China.
    They started and spread the rumours about the threat of China and must believe their own lies and shit like it is a given truth, or perhaps they know full well they are bullshitters.
    Next will be “you are either with us or against us” palaver shenanigans and underdeveloped / developing countries with people of colour that don’t toe the line will be treated like enemies by the world’s biggest bullies.
    It’s like the new version of white supremacy apartheid segregation South Africa Rhodesia to USA all over again.

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