Diego Garcia

Mauritius socialists plan Diego Garcia protest

Submitted by martin on 12 December, 2017 - 3:37 Author: Lindsey Collen
Lalit demo

On Friday 8 December a demonstration in Mauritius calling for the huge US military base in Diego Garcia (in the Indian Ocean) to be shut down, and the archipelago's inhabitants to be allowed to return. On Thursday afternoon, the demonstration was banned.

The Chagos archipelago, of which Diego Garcia is part, was ruled by Britain. After Mauritius became independent, Britain bought the archipelago backed and forcibly evicted its inhabitants, between 1968 and 1973, to make way for the US base.

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Submitted by martin on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:41

Workers’ Liberty sends support and solidarity to the march being held by LALIT and other comrades in the Komite Diego in Port Louis on 8 December.

At a time when the dispossession of the Chagossians and the British-organised occupation of their homeland by the US military finds fewer and fewer to justify it internationally, the British labour movement must exert pressure on the political leaders of our ruling class to push them from their entrenched position. That begins with putting the labour movement’s house in order, demanding that it takes a clear internationalist stance.

We have greater possibilities and greater responsibilities than previously because the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is a longstanding supporter of the Chagossian cause. Since becoming Labour leader, he has restated this support. But Corbyn is not the whole Labour Party and, as on many issues, the danger is that the party establishment will transform him as much as he transforms it. It is surely relevant that he has, for now at least, dropped his opposition to British membership of NATO.

Fortunately, Corbyn is now backed by a mass membership, well over half a million, which leans strongly to the left. Most of these members will know little or nothing about any of this, but the vast majority of those who learn about it will instinctively support the struggle. We hope to work with you over the coming months to raise these issues in the British labour movement and Labour Party, to demand the right of the islanders to return to their home, the removal of the US presence from Diego Garcia and the reunification of the Chagos with Mauritius.

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Remove the US base from Diego Garcia!

Submitted by martin on 27 April, 2008 - 3:57 Author: Lalit
No bases!

The single-issue campaign to “get the Chagossians of Diego Garcia back to their Islands” has reached the terrible impasse where it finds itself well-nigh colluding with the US military base on Diego Garcia, as well as openly colluding with continued British colonization of this part of Mauritius...

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Home again, for a visit, after 40 years

Submitted by Anon on 12 April, 2006 - 6:06

By Lindsey Collen and Ragini Kistnasamy of LALIT, Mauritius

IN the late 60s thousands of Mauritians living on Diego Garcia island were forced from their homes when all the islands of the Chagos Archipelago were dismembered from Mauritius by the British state to make way for an infamous US military base named, irony of ironies, Camp Justice.

On 30 March 2006 a group from amongst the people originally forcibly removed were taken by ship to visit their home islands and tend the graves of their ancestors.

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People of Diego Garcia finally get to visit home again

Submitted by AWL on 25 March, 2006 - 10:25

By Lindsey Collen and Ragini Kistnasamy of LALIT, Mauritius

After a life-time's banishment, on 30 March 2006 a group from amongst the people originally forcibly removed, will finally be taken by ship to visit their home islands and tend the graves of their ancestors. They are due to visit Diego Garcia where the U.S.'s huge Indian Ocean military base is.

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The importance of…. Getting rid of the monarchy

Submitted by Anon on 16 June, 2005 - 11:24

The Queen’s a harmless old bag, isn’t she?

 She may well be, but the monarchy is representative of class rule, inequality and the historic privilege of the aristocracy. A socialist society would have to abolish it and its out-of-date values.

But the Queen doesn’t have any power anyway, does she?

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Demand justice for Diego Garcia

Submitted by Anon on 12 January, 2005 - 5:59

Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, is one of the biggest US military bases outside the USA. To clear space for it, the people of the islands were deported by the British government, the former colonial ruler. 2,000 people and their children were forcibly removed and abandoned on the dockside in Port Louis, on Mauritius main island.

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LALIT Communique on Diego Garcia

Submitted by Janine on 23 June, 2004 - 11:40

LALIT notes with deep concern that the British government last week announced that it has passed Orders in Council now prohibiting access to all the Islands of Chagos. This effectively bans people from Chagos from visiting their own birthplace. The right to return to Chagos had been won in an important High Court case decided by the Law Lords in the year 2000.

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Workers of the world - Round-up

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:56

By Pablo Velasco

  • Support Egyptian asbestos workers
  • Release imprisoned Chinese workers
  • British hypocrisy over the Chagos islands

Support Egyptian asbestos workers

Workers at the Aura-Misr (Aura-Egypt) Company, a manufacturer of asbestos products, have been on strike since 6 June, in protest over deadly working conditions and their employer's anti-worker policies.

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Update on boat to reclaim Diego Garcia

Submitted by AWL on 8 March, 2004 - 9:04

Update on the boat to take Chagossians back to Diego Garcia
From Lalit, Mauritius
Lalit's plan to go to Diego Garcia by boat has caught everyone's imagination. World-wide. The dream seems to be going to be able to come true.
And even more than we dreamt of at the beginning, may come true. Over a hundred different organizations and individuals from all over the world have contributed to launching the 'idea' plus another hundred or two hundred in Mumbai at the WSF.

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