Hashtag #TThomasSankara please spread!!
Today, October 15, marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of
Thomas Sankara, who was president of Burkina Faso between 1983 and
a soldier, arrived to power through a coup, but unlike other presidents who
came to power by the same means, he always prioritized the welfare of the
people of Burkina Faso. He nationalized land and distributed it among the
peasants, nationalized mines, launched immunization and literacy
campaigns, banned ablation and defended by all means equal rights for women
… and confronted the dictatorship of debt.
In July 1987, he made a speech to other African leaders in the framework of
the African Union Conference in which he called for repudiation of debt, he
called for the right to say NO to imposed, unjust and illegitimate debts. A
few months later he was assassinated.
Today, 25 years later, his speech is still valid, more than ever, not only
for the people of Africa, but also in Europe, Asia or Latin America.
Today we are launching a campaign on Twitter and other social networks to
reclaim the figure of Thomas Sankara and the right of peoples to say NO to
debt. Here are a few links to spread today, beginning at 11 am, on social
networks. On Twitter you can follow the campaign with the hashtag
Debt discourse at the African Union
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfzoToJEnu8 (PART 1 ENGL SUBT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VZEkURD9oI (PART 2 ENGL SUBT)
Documentary – Sankara, the upright man http://youtu.be/HvBC7tmgFFM (in
Thomas Sankara, an African leader with a message for Europe
25 years ago, someone named Sankara
http://blogs.elpais.com/africa-no-es-un-pais/2012/10/hace-25-a%C3%B1os-un-tal-thomas-sankara.html (in spanish)
Calling an international mobilization against government debt to pay
tribute to Thomas Sankara http://cadtm.org/Llamada-a-una-movilizacion (s)
http://cadtm.org/Appel-a-une-mobilisation (fr )
On the figure of Sankara and http://thomassankara.net/
Today, more than ever, we are all Thomas Sankara!