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Solidarity with the just reparation demands of the Herero people in Namibia!

The Genocide Committed Against the Herero by the German Imperialists Won't Be Forgiven Nor Forgotten!

Solidarity with the just reparation demands of the Herero people in Namibia!

Solidarity with the just reparation demands of the Herero people in Namibia!
The Genocide Committed Against the Herero by the German Imperialists Won’t Be Forgiven Nor Forgotten!
March 1998 ln English January 1999
“The state visit of the highest representative of German imperialism, Herzog, in Namibia was a direct blow in the face of the people of the Herero, the victims of the genocide committed by the German colonial army in the years 1904 to 1907. Tbe German Federal President rejected all reparations and every apology, he even rejected to receive the representatives of the people of the Herero. The goa! of Herzog’s trip was in fact a different one. It consisted in the strengthening of the reactionary relations to this former German colony, especially to the 30.000 people ‘of German descent,’ who, for the most part, have the role of a ’5th column
* of German imperialism in the promotion of its hegemonic interests. AU this İs enacted together with a display of Pan-German chauvinism, and apart from this, Herzog’s incantation of the ‘German heritage still alive in Namibia,’ in the face of the monstrous crimes of the German power holders in so-called ‘German South West Africa’ [Deutsclisüdwestafrika], is a provocation and mockery of the peoples of Namibia that can scarcely be surpassed. All this mustn’t be accepted without challenge by the progressive forces, especially tbe Communists. Not only is it important to unmask the rapacious and aggressive policy of the German imperialists; it is equally important to elaborate, and with all consequences, the revolutionary stance of the proletariat concerning the undeniable share of guilt that the German working class and the other parts of the working and exploited masses have in the crimes of the ruling class.
The genocide of the Herero by the German imperialists During the last decades of the 19th century, capitalism reached his highest and last stage, the stage of imperialism, leading to a full territorial division of the world among the big powers by the turn of thecentury. Itis truethatin this “race” for the colonial division of tbe earth, German imperialism “came too late.” But in all places where German imperialism was able to impose its colonial power, as in Togo, Cameroon, “East Africa” (mostly today’s Tanzania) and South West Africa (today’s Namibia), it demonstrated from early on – then on the road to the triggering offheimperialistfirstworidwar-acharacteristic manner of imposing its colonial demands with special aggressiveness up to the methods of genocide that were employed, for example, in South West Africa.
“German south-west Africa” was a German colony from 1884 to 1917. At the beginning of the colonisation, which was started in 1842 mainly by the”RheirûscheMissionsgeselischaft,” [Missionary Society of the Rhineland] the territory of today’s Namibia was inhabited mainly by the Herero and Nama. In between, there were a few scattered Damara and a few groups of the Saan.1 The year 1884 saw the official establishment(…)

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