In the spotlight: not only praise in Africa for the queen

About Africa point insisting on the complicity that existed between the Queen of England and Nelson Mandela, to the point that they called each other by their first names, World Africa for his part, notes that Elizabeth II’s disappearance has certainly “triggered a concert of tributes and praises around the world”, but that it “also provoked harsh comment in the former British colonies. Critics, recalling the tragic episodes, the spoliations and oppression that characterized the history of the British colonial empire, where the queen is seen as both the symbol and the heir.

According to Le Monde Afrique, the reaction in South Africa of the Fighters for Economic Freedom party from the populist tribune, Julius Malema: “We do not mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth, says this party, as she reminds us of a very tragic period in our country’s and the history of Africa. Great Britain, under the leadership of the royal family, took permanent control of the territory in 1806. From that moment the indigenous peoples never knew peace. During her seventy years of reign, the queen never acknowledged the atrocities committed by her family inflicted on them.

Dissenting voices… In Kenya, voices were also raised, notes Le Monde Afrique: “no one mentions what the British did in Kenya when she became queen, Kenyan columnist and cartoonist Patrick Gathara tweeted. to complicate the adventure.”

In fact, the newspaper specifies, “the rebellion of Mau-Mau began a few months after the accession to the throne of Elizabeth II. Throughout this anti-colonialist rebellion, violently suppressed by British settlers, about 100,000 Kenyans were killed and 300,000 others were imprisoned.

Finally, dissenting voices are also in Nigeria, with the role that Britain played in the Nigerian civil war, which followed the decolonization of the country in 1960. And Le Monde Afrique quoted this Nigerian journalist: “Personally, I am more moved when I think of the two million dead Igbos during the civil war.We know that the Biafrans were left to their fate without any interference from Britain which wanted to protect its economic interests.

In addition to the queen, the monarchy in the crosshairs. So many points of criticism that in reality go beyond the personality of the sovereign… At least that is what Matthew Smith, professor of history at University College London, quoted by Le Monde Afrique: “I think ​​he said that when people express these opinions, they are not thinking specifically of Queen Elizabeth. They are also thinking of the British monarchy as an institution and the relationship of the monarchy to the systems of oppression, oppression and forced labour. such as the exploitation of natural resources and coercive systems of control.”

Prices are exploding on the continent… Also on the front page: rising prices on the continent… Example in Senegal: “We must toast”, exclaims the daily 24 hours. “Everything is on fire!,” the newspaper condemns. It is the consecrated expression from east to west and from north to south of Senegal! Race results: this price movement is ruining the lives of Senegalese. In particular, rice, milk and oil have seen their prices explode… And “in this context of the rising cost of living, wages are not keeping pace for workers in the informal and private sectors”, still condemns 24 Hours.

Finally, movements of discontent over the high cost of living also in Burkina Faso… “To express to the transitional government that they are tired of the rising prices of hydrocarbons and more generally of basic necessities, three defense associations organized consumers from Burkina Faso say a concert of pots ten minutes at noon, Friday night in Ouagadougou”, points out The country. The expected noise was covered by the rain and the participants were not very many, the newspaper acknowledges, “but the Burkinabè government should not underestimate this first alarm, Le Pays assesses, since the double increase in the prices of hydrocarbons last May and August, which had consequences for the entire supply and consumption chain, because it could serve as a prelude or catalyst for scenes of discontent. (…) To tell the truth, concludes the Burkinabe newspaper, we have here a nuclear time bomb.”

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