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Issue #1484      8 December 2010

No journey is too long when the destination is Freedom!

To all Guardian readers:

I would like to share an experience of a lifetime; a moving visit to Robben Island. Robben Island is the former Apartheid prison that held South African and other African political prisoners.

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his long 27 years in prison in Robben Island. On a World Heritage list today, the former prison is a museum run by former political prisoners who take visitors through the many stories of endurance by those who dared to struggle against the fascist regime.

The three and a half hour experience is well worth the time spent to see what apartheid did to the people in South Africa. It is also a beautiful story of what international solidarity can do in support of the struggle for freedom. This right to dissent and solidarity must be defended today when there are attempts to criminalise it. A disturbing sight was to see a van with the logo of G4S doing some management work on the island. This is the same company who run the privatised prisoner transportation service in Western Australia and was responsible for the death in custody of Mr Ward in 2009. (June 12, 2009) Apart from that I thought that the message of hope that no journey was too long when the destination is freedom could truly be felt here.

In solidarity,

Vinnie Molina – CPA President
Ps: I am currently in South Africa attending the 12th meeting of Communist and Worker’s parties, Johannesburg 2-5 December 2010.  

Next article – Farewell to Max Watts – (1928-2010)

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