US should stop being ‘policeman of the world’
The South Africans for Peace in Africa Initiative criticised the United States today for trying to be the “policeman of the world” and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
“America must stop playing big brother and policeman of the world. What’s wrong with the African Union agenda?” asked the initiative’s spokesperson David Maimela.
He was speaking outside the US embassy in Pretoria, where protesters gathered to demand the withdrawal of Nato forces from Libya.
The US was undermining other countries by interfering with its capitalist agenda, said Maimela.
“We have brains. We don’t expect to be told. No nation has a right to make a decision for another nation. We won’t allow imperialism to reign in the world,” he said.
The group handed over a memorandum demanding that Nato “stop murdering innocent women and children” in Libya.
The memorandum was received by US embassy spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau, who promised to send it to Washington.
She said she viewed the demands “very seriously”.
Nato forces reportedly regularly conducted air and sea attacks on targets located in those places it claimed forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi were killing civilians who were trying to end his 41-year rule.
Gaddafi described the bombing campaign as an act of colonial aggression aimed at stealing Libya’s oil.
“Nato has no legitimate right to be in Libya. It must withdraw and do so unconditionally,” said Maimela.
He also rejected the “re-colonisation” of Africa by the West.
In the memorandum, the initiative expressed concern about the destruction of clinics, hospitals, schools, houses and other facilities in Libya.
Marchers sang and chanted revolutionary songs as they walked to the embassy.
They included students and members of the Pan Africanist Congress wearing white T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Nato stop bombing Libya now”.
“Obama how many Libyans did you kill today?” they asked on a placard.
The march also received support from the Young Communist League, the SA Council of Churches and the Muslim Judicial Council of SA.
Protesters peacefully left the US embassy and made their way to United Kingdom High Commission and the French embassy to deliver the same memorandum.