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Wednesday, 4 May 2022 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Threats to stability, security and democracy in Western and Sahelian Africa (debate)

  Mick Wallace (The Left). – Mr President, the foundation of the situation in Sahel is European colonialism. In Sahel, this primarily means French colonialism. Today, the principle aggravating feature is financial imperialism – the economic straightjacket of the French colonial franc, sanctions and the structural economic violence of the IMF and other Western development banks.

The other aggravating feature is the endless militarisation of the region. Hillary Clinton’s emails showed us that France wanted Gaddafi gone when they saw him as a threat to the colonial franc. And in the process of bombing Libya back to the Stone Age, NATO-empowered military extremist forces have gone on to contribute to the problem we’re discussing here today.

The EU’s short-sighted response has been to go to war all over the Sahel and to set up dubious training missions whose graduates keep overthrowing civilian governments and committing more war crimes than the supposed enemy.

Until France gives up leeching from its former colonies, until the Sahel stands together against the imperialists, the security situation will continue to deteriorate.

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