Economic Freedom Fighters statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth

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The memorial bust of colonizer Cecil Rhodes was vandalized in Cape Town, South Africa in 2020. (Photo: Nic Bothma/EPA)

The brutal history of British imperialism should not be forgotten after the Queen’s death. The South African organization, Economic Freedom Fighters, chronicles the many crimes perpetrated by the British Empire in their country and around the world.

This statement was originally released by the Economic Freedom Fighters on Twitter.

The Economic Freedom Fighters notes the death of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Queen of the United Kingdom and ceremonial head of state of several countries colonized by the United Kingdom. Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, reigning for 70 years at the head of an institution built, sustained and living off a brutal legacy of dehumanizing millions of people around the world.

We do not mourn the death of Elizabeth, because for us her death reminds us of a very tragic period in the history of this country and of Africa. Britain, under the leadership of the royal family, took control of this territory which would become South Africa in 1795 from Batavian control, and took permanent control of the territory in 1806. From this time , the natives of this land have never known peace, and they have never enjoyed the fruits of the riches of this land, riches which have been and still are used for the enrichment of the British royal family and those who look like them.

From 1811 when Sir John Cradock declared war on amaXhosa in the Zuurveld in what is now known as the Eastern Cape until 1906 when the British crushed the Bambatha rebellion, our interaction with Britain under the leadership of the British Royal Family has been painful. and suffering, death and dispossession, and dehumanization of Africans. We remember how Nxele died in the aftermath of the Fifth Border War, how King Hintsa was killed like a dog on May 11, 1835 during the Sixth Border War, and had his body mutilated and his head taken to Britain as trophy.

It was also the British royal family who sanctioned the actions of Cecil John Rhodes, who plundered this country, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It was the British Royal Family who benefited from the brutal maiming of the Kenyan people whose valiant resistance to British colonialism elicited vile responses from Britain. In Kenya, Britain built concentration camps and suppressed with such inhuman brutality the Mau Mau rebellion, killing Dedan Kimathi on February 18, 1957, when Elizabeth was already queen.

This family plundered India through the East India Company, they took over and oppressed the people of the Caribbean islands. Their thirst for wealth led to the famine that killed millions in Bengal, and their racism led to the genocide of Aboriginal people in Australia.

Elizabeth Windsor, in her lifetime, never acknowledged these crimes that Britain and her family in particular perpetrated across the world. In fact, she was a proud standard bearer for these atrocities because during her reign. When the people of Yemen rose up in protest against British colonialism in 1963, Elizabeth ordered a brutal suppression of this uprising.

In her 70-year reign as queen, she never acknowledged the atrocities her family inflicted on the natives Britain invaded across the world. She willingly benefited from the wealth obtained through the exploitation and murder of millions of people around the world. The British Royal Family rests on the shoulders of millions of slaves who were shipped off the continent to serve the interests of racist white capital accumulation, at the center of which is the British Royal Family.

If there really is life and justice after death, may Elizabeth and her ancestors get what they deserve.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a radical and militant economic emancipation movement, formed in 2013 with the aim of bringing together revolutionary activists, activists, community organizations as well as pressure groups under the umbrella of the party policy pursuing the struggle for economic emancipation.

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