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COSATU PRESS STATEMENT NOVEMBER 11, 1995 NIGERIA - KEN SARO-WIWA

Issued by: COSATU

COSATU have received with shock the news of the defiant hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other fellow fighters for democracy in Nigeria.

The hanging of these democrats flies against condemnations of Commonwealth leaders. The Abacha regime have proved to the Commonwealth and the world that a gentlemen discussion will not persuade them to hand over power to the Civilian Rule.

Those who have been advancing moderate persuasions have been slept in the face by the arrogant and awful actions of the Abacha Regime.

COSATU calls on the following steps to be taken:

1. Immediate dismissal of the Nigerian High Commissioner. 2. Withdrawal of the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria. 3. Dismissal of Nigeria in the Commonwealth or any other regional or current forum where it is a member. 4. Immediate implementation of mandatory sanctions against Nigeria. 5. Call to the people of Nigeria to intensify their struggle against this illegitimate gangster. 6. Release of all political prisoners.

COSATU remains sceptical about the biasness of the Western Countries and the media in their interventions in African problems. Algeria and Sudan are probably the most dictators ever seen in the African Continent.

Algeria and Sudan are both under military dictatorship. Thousands of citizens had been maimed and continue to be killed by these ruthless dictators. Yet Western powers and media had remained silent in the face of these atrocities.

COSATU calls on the South African Government, OAU, ILO and the United Nation to extend whatever action they will take against Nigeria to Algeria and Sudan.

COSATU Executive Committee (EXCO) is meeting on the 20 & 21 November 1995, to discuss practical solidarity with the Nigerian Trade Unions which are severely restricted.

COSATU wish to pass its deepest condolences to Saro-Wiwa's wife including the families of all the Nigerian fallen heroes of struggle. "There is light at the end of a tunnel".

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