Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 10, 2012, 5:40 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Wednesday, January 11th
3pm-4pm leafletting at 43rd St and 7th Ave
4pm March to the Nigerian Consulate at 44th St and 2nd Ave
5pm Rally at the Nigerian Consulate
Called by an affinity group of participants in the Occupy Movement in NYC working against the NDAA:
This upcoming Wednesday, January 11th is the 10 year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison. This day is a somber recognition of previous repressive state measures that violate not only people on individual levels, but our international agreements on Universal Human Rights. We will be protesting in solidarity with others all over the world.
The Nigerian people are striking that same day, after the Nigerian government cut oil subsidies for citizens January 1st 2012. In response, blocked the shipping routes and shut down petrol stations this past Tuesday. Though it was a peaceful protest, the state attacked the protesters with teargas and gunfire, killing 23 year old Mustapha Opobiyi. This mirrors the systemic state violence witnessed world-wide over the past year since the beginning of the Arab Spring -- but this ongoing repression builds resistance.
As we know in the United States, repression is on the rise. Between the continued use of inhumane prisons like Guantanamo Bay and the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012, people in the US are becoming more and more aware of the injustices of this globalized corporate system. We stand in solidarity with the Nigerian people and all victims of this system. We also see the inconsistency of the US government's support of pro-democracy movements when it is actively derailing the very democracy it claims to protect.
We call on you to join us in fighting back against state repression!
Also, this Saturday, January 14th, Occupy Nigeria-New York will be marching on the United Nations. We encourage all to join them in solidarity:
United Nations, New York (1st Avenue between 45 St & 46 St)
Date: Saturday January 14th, 2012
Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Join R&B Superstar and activist Banky W, Fuji legend Adewale Ayuba and other prominent Nigerians in the rally for change. Tell one, tell all, bring your friends and family and stand united to protest the removal of the oil subsidy in Nigeria, the killing of protesters and activist, the gross mismanagement of our resources and economy by our corrupt, and inept leadership who have become pawns in the hands of the greedy IMF and World Bank. Speak up and let your voice be heard.