These days, we are witnessing the escalation of racist and fascist discourses and policies in Tunisia against African immigrants from south of the Sahara. In a recent speech delivered to the National Security Council, Tunisian president Kais Saied stated, “The undeclared goal of the successive waves of illegal immigration is to consider Tunisia a purely African country that has no affiliation to the Arab and Islamic nations.”
This and other divisive and racist comments were made following the crackdown and arrest of dozens of undocumented people from sub-Saharan Africa, and within the context of ongoing racist violent attacks against immigrants, burning their homes, restricting employment and housing opportunities, sexually abusing women, and daily subjugation to degrading slurs and insults. This chauvinistic and reactionary rhetoric against Africa as a continent and peoples, highlights the danger of leaving the fate of the African people in the hands of puppet and reactionary regimes that spread racism and fascism.
This trend has spread in North Africa against the rest of the peoples of the continent, especially targeting Africans with darker skin, dividing African people and preventing unity by creating artificial divisions and false animosities among people who share common interests. This trend provides conclusive evidence of the danger of leaving the fate of the continent in the hands of a reactionary and racist minority that serves the interests of neo-colonialism and imperialism. Libya (following the neo-colonial, US lead coup), Tunisia, and Morocco play a prominent role in this war against the African masses, not only as an agent of colonialism, but also as economic beneficiaries of its war on the rest of Africa. It is no secret that its regimes barter the destinies of Africans in return for support with money and weapons from Europe.
After NATO and reactionary militias seized Libya in 2012, they turned it into a backyard for enslavement and imperialist war on Africa. U.S and European military material support for Libyan militias and reactionary regimes in Morocco and Tunisia contribute to turning the northern part of the African continent into a “buffer zone” to restrict migrant’s access to Europe–the very Europe that economically rapes and robs Africa of its land and resources creating the migrant crises. Europe’s war on African immigrants cannot succeed without the help of reactionary and puppet regimes that profit from colonial violence and plunder. Today, more than ever, we call for African unity, not only to protect the African people, but to stop the fascist and racist pigs and stop their projects that aim to destroy Africa. Only an end to imperialism will end the conditions that force millions of people to risk their lives attempting to migrate.
We must reject and crush any and all attempts to divide our people. The masses of people in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya are not our enemies. Our enemy is neo-colonialism. The end of neo-colonialism will hasten the demise of imperialism. We must reject and crush any African traitor and collaborator who sells the interests of Africa and African people. Africa’s resources and land belong to Africa and African people. We must unite to achieve Pan-Africanism; the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism. This is the only solution.