Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fallen Soldiers Friday: Patrice Lumumba

Every Friday I will post a biography of an honored hero in the revolutionary struggle. Some will be well-known freedom fighters like VI Lenin or Emma Goldstein, others, so not well known. Because not all believed in the same strategy to achieve liberation, we will see a conflict of ideas. Something that we can draw upon to construct our views today.

Today, I will be posting link to the documentary,
To remember Cuba! Africa! Revolution!
. It is mainly about Cuba's support for Africa's revolutions and pays close attention to such African Freedom Fighters as Patrice Lumumba.

Synopsis:

The previously untold story of Cuba's support for African revolutions. This documentary unravels the story of the so-called Cold War, ... all » through the prism of its least known arena: Africa. Against colonialism, capitalism, and communism, the newly independent nations attempted for the first time to gain real control of their own countries. From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo, up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries.

Patrice Lumumba was an African anti-colonial leader, and the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after he assisted it achieve independence from Belgium in June 1960. Only ten weeks later, Lumumba's government was deposed in a coup. He was subsequently imprisoned and assassinated. President Colonel Mobutu, the key figure in the coup, supported by the Congo's former colonial power, Belgium, and the CIA, became the Congo's ruler. Cuba shared Africa's revolutionary quest for independence.

Fidel Castro decided that Cuba could not stand idly by, so he sent Che Guevara to Africa to assess how they could aid local liberation movements. In 1965, Guevara went to the Congo in an attempt to spark a revolution against the pro-Western regime, which had emerged after the assassination of Lumumba. The problem was, Guevara was without formal military training, and was up against the Congolese, who were aided by US Army Special Forces. So he returned to Cuba and recruited 120 soldiers, taking them back to the Congo. Still, Guevara's army was no match, and they eventually withdrew in August, 1965.

From the tragicomic epic of Che Guevara in Congo, to the triumph at the battle of Cuito Carnavale in Angola, Cuba: An African Odyssey attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these internationalists who won every battle, but finally lost the war.

Part 1:
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Part 2:
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1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

Very good post.

Che really was only versed in guerilla warfare, based on the unique Cuban experience.

In addition Cuba played a positive role in Angola, helping turn back the South African backed guerillas.