Berlin, September 30, 2023 – Panafricanists Gather at Deutscher Bundestag to Protest French Policies in Africa

A demonstration in Berlin on Saturday, September 30, 2023, brought together panafricanists in support of Niger’s quest for genuine independence and in opposition to France’s neocolonial policies in Africa, with a particular focus on Niger. The demonstration unfolded outside the Deutscher Bundestag, Platz der Republik 1, and Bundeskanzleramt, Willy-Brandt-Str. 1, at 2:00 PM local time.

The primary aim of this demonstration was to raise awareness among the German public about France’s continued colonial presence in Africa and the increasingly contentious policies of French President Emmanuel Macron in certain African nations. Protesters voiced their demands for France, specifically French military and Western forces, to leave the African continent.

Challenging Neocolonialism in Africa

The demonstration served as a platform for panafricanists to challenge the neocolonial practices that have persisted in Africa since the continent’s struggle for independence. Many believe that African nations continue to grapple with the remnants of colonialism and imperialistic influences, and they see France as a major player in perpetuating these dynamics.

French Influence in Niger

Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa, has a complex history of colonization and foreign influence. Despite achieving independence from France in 1960, Niger has experienced political, economic, and military ties with its former colonizer. The demonstration underscored concerns over France’s continued involvement in Niger’s affairs, ranging from military interventions to economic dependencies.

Contesting Macron’s Policies

The protest also highlighted growing discontent with the policies of French President Emmanuel Macron, especially in several African countries. Macron’s administration has faced criticism for its handling of issues related to Africa, including security interventions, economic relations, and cultural diplomacy. The demonstrators called for a reassessment of these policies and a more equitable partnership between France and African nations.

Demands for Withdrawal

One of the central demands voiced by the demonstrators was the withdrawal of French military forces from African soil. They argued that the presence of French troops, along with other Western military interventions, perpetuates instability and conflicts in the region. The protesters expressed their belief that true African independence requires the departure of foreign military and the end of neocolonial influence.

A Message to the International Community

The Berlin rally was not only directed at France but also aimed to send a message to the international community. It emphasized the importance of acknowledging the ongoing struggle for true independence and self-determination in Africa and called on the global community to support these efforts.

A Call for Solidarity

The gathering in Berlin was a testament to the enduring spirit of solidarity among panafricanists and their commitment to raising awareness about issues that affect the African continent. It remains to be seen how this demonstration and others like it will impact the ongoing discourse surrounding Africa’s quest for genuine independence and the role of foreign powers in shaping its future.


Author: eMatondo


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