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NWU SLAMS AWARD TO BURNHAM

posted 26 Apr 2013, 07:11 by Gerry Kangalee

2013-04-26

NWU SLAMS AWARD TO BURNHAM


The National Workers Union of Trinidad and Tobago (NWU) expresses its disgust at the conferring of the Oliver Tambo Award by the government of South Africa on the late Guyanese dictator LFS Burnham. 

Burnham collaborated with the US Central Intelligence Agency to gain power in Guyana through exacerbating the division within the working class along racial lines which led to inter-ethnic violence and near civil war in Guyana. 
 
Burnham maintained power through rigging elections and maintained it through a policy of racist discrimination and oppression of working people and through the use of thuggery and violence against political opponents. 
 
His regime, while maintaining a posture in support of liberation forces in Africa, collaborated with US imperialism and murdered Walter Rodney, one of the greatest sons of Guyana and an intellectual and progressive activist, who did so much in opening the eyes of the post-colonial generation to understanding Africa through his path-breaking studies of how colonialism affected Africa. 
 
The National Workers Union (NWU) sees the conferring of the Oliver Tambo award on Burnham as a travesty and an insult to all who struggle for an end to discrimination, inequality, oppression and political chicanery, but what else can you expect from a regime that shoots down striking workers. 

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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)
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