Communist party calls for an end to Afghanistan war

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called on all South Africans to join in united action to end the "unjust" war in Afghanistan.
The SACP said that since the US and Britain started military strikes against Afghanistan on 7 October, more than 1,350 civilians (mainly women and children) have been killed.
The US disputes the figure, saying less than this number have died.
"The US attacks only serve to perpetuate the suffering and poverty of ordinary Afghanis who are already suffering terribly in the hands of the militias in Afghanistan.
"Now is the time to act in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and expose the unjust and cruel war the US is leading," said SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande.
The SACP has called on all South Africans whether they belong to communities of faith, trade unions, different political parties, women's organisations, solidarity organisations and youth and student organisations to attend a public meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday discuss and adopt principles and a proposal for a National Programme of Action by South Africans for Global Peace.
"The US attacks on Afghanistan are a direct insult to the memory and families of those who lost their loved ones in the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington.
As we said then, the 11 September attacks were ghastly terrorist acts, which must be condemned by all of humanity.
"However, two wrongs do not make a right.
Now is the time to debunk the myth that this US military action will secure the lives and dignity of humanity," Nzimande added.

07 november 2001 10:17:00

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