Following Tuesday’s successful picketing of Nigeria House in New York by Nigerians and their friends, Occupy Wall Street will make a solidarity march to the same premises tomorrow, January 11.
In a statement today, Occupy Wall Street explained that the date 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,” it said. “We will be protesting in solidarity with others all over the world.” It said its action at the Consulate-General of Nigeria will be in recognition of the mass protest that the Nigerian people have been undertaking since the government cut oil subsidies for citizens on New Year’s Day. It noted that in response, Occupy Nigeria on Tuesday blocked the shipping routes and shut down petrol stations.
“Though it was a peaceful protest, the state attacked the protesters with Tear gas and gunfire, killing 23 year old Mustapha Opobiyi,” the group said. It noted that Opobiyi’s killing mirrors the systemic state violence witnessed world-wide over the past year since the beginning of the Arab Spring. Occupy Wall Street said, “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.
The group’s program for Wednesday is as follows:
3pm-4pm leafleting at 43rd St and 7th Ave 4pm March to the Nigerian Consulate at 44th St and 2nd Ave
5pm Rally at the Nigerian Consulate