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Vol. 79/No. 5      February 16, 2015

25, 50, and 75 Years Ago  

February 16, 1990

“I have a very important message: the ANC has been unbanned!”

The crowd of several thousand anti-apartheid protesters outside the parliament building in Cape Town responded with cheers of “Viva ANC!” They had just learned of South African President F.W. de Klerk’s February 2 announcement unbanning the African National Congress and ending a battery of apartheid’s repressive laws.

The protest then became a victory march through the city, with demonstrators carrying posters calling for the immediate release of ANC leader Nelson Mandela and an end to apartheid.

February 15, 1965

Clifton DeBerry, 1964 presidential candidate of the Socialist Workers Party, issued a statement Feb. 9 assailing President Johnson for the recent bomb attacks on North Vietnam. The statement declared:

Johnson’s reckless, bullying order to bomb areas of North Vietnam makes it clear that the great majority of the American people were cruelly deceived last November when they were led to believe they were voting for a responsible man of peace as opposed to a trigger-happy warmonger.

The bombings show that Johnson’s peace posture was deliberate demagogy and that he is as trigger-happy as Goldwater.

February 17, 1940

The hanging of Peter Barnes and James Richards, soldiers for Irish freedom, has been followed by a new heightening of the struggle against the British overlords in Ireland, and that is as it should be.

The British imperialists are trying to smear the movement for Irish freedom as instigated by Hitler. The great Irish revolutionary socialist, Jim Connolly, answered the same kind of slander during the last war, with an immortal slogan: “Neither King Nor Kaiser.” We can not think of an equally perfect slogan; but the thought, “Neither Chamberlain nor Hitler,” is clearly a part of the real revolutionary movement in Ireland today.  
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