TAKE ACTION

 

TAKE ACTION

- BOYCOTT BOTSWANA -
- ISOLATE THE TSWANA OVERLORDS -


1. TELL all your friends and associates about the atrocities the state and corporate terrorists of Botswana commit against the indigenous peoples of the Kalahari - send them the URL of this site and related URLs.

Warn them from the spindoctors, like Clifford  Maribe or the presidential spokesman Jeff Ramsey, who publish their blurs of deceit on the government website or through the paid mainstream media. Clifford Maribe, the propaganda mouthpiece of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana has close family links to still-President Festus Mogae and is a self-styled adversary to Survival International and other international Human Rights Organizations, who stand beside the first peoples of southern Africa in the defence of their rights. Maribe, who can not possibly disassociate himself from the ruling elites of today's Botswana, politically as well as concerning his own family relations, must be compared to Goebbels, the propaganda minister of Adolf Hitler, in their struggle to exterminate another human race. But unlike Goebbels, who claimed to have a vision, Maribe and Ramsey do it purely for blood-money and each claims "because it is my job!"

 

"If the state tells a lie big enough and keeps repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

Dr. Joseph Goebbels was Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda (he was born in 1897 and he died in 1945).

Be aware that the churches are deeply entangled in the oppression of the spirited traditional peoples of the southern African wildlands.

2. BOYCOTT EVERYTHING BOTSWANA. Don't buy anything from Botswana, don't spend your vacation money in Botswana, cancel all business contracts with the oppressors. Boycott especially all companies, like de Beers, who profit from the suffering.

3. COMBAT the sale of blood diamonds from Botswana. Demand from the UN and the international diamond cartel that all diamonds from Botswana are classified as blood-diamonds and their trading is banned. Stop going out with people who buy, sell or wear diamonds from Botswana - throw them off your party! Name them and publicly shame them !

4. DEMAND from your own government a very clear boycott of the present Republic of Botswana in every respect: Any political or economic support, any co-operation with governmental officials or aid to the present Botswana governance under FESTUS MOGAE, the governance puppet of the Tswana Paramount Chief - styled Kgôsikgolo -, must STOP NOW! Not a single tax Dollar, Euro or Yen shall be given from the pockets of citizens of free nations to this terror state governance. Governmental and church officials from Botswana must be banned from all international bodies and meetings, incl. the UN and the AU, like it was done with the Apartheid regime of former South Africa.

5. CONTACT your nearest Botswana High Commission (their Embassy), demand freedom for the traditional bushmen (San and Khoi peoples) and tell them what you already did and are going to achieve with your boycott. Isolate the Botswana oppressors. They are just a phone-call away from you - hopefully they will tape what you have to say, so use a public phone.

All these actions must continue until the oppression of the first peoples of southern Africa is stopped, until all their rights are re-instituted and specifically their right to self-determination as well as to their lands and natural resources is guaranteed - once and for all!

Crack down on the Botswana overlord governance and their corporate stirrup holders wherever you find them!

BOYCOTT - BOYCOTT - BOYCOTT and CUT BOTSWANA BUSINESS AND THEIR PRESENT GOVERNANCE OUT FROM ANYTHING AND WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM ! - Until they stop the ethnocide and genocide against the First Peoples of the Kalahari !

KICK THE PRESENT BOTSWANA REGIME OUT OF THE UN, since they do not listen to the findings of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and his Special Rapporteur anyway!

BOTSWANA is not a signatory to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, but the Tswana overlord governance is persistently violating these internationally agreed standards - see http://www.khoisanpeoples.org/indepth/ind-ilo-no-169.htm

And like in Namibia and South-Africa, i.e. in compliance of and in complicity with European and other Northern World interests in natural resources exploitation as well as together with the massive proselytism by the churches, the overlord governance in Botswana is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, which must bring them and their corporate allies in crime before the International Criminal Court of Justice.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, as defined by several international agreements, most prominently the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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Sign the petition for the Bushmen !

Sign the petition and join the letter writing campaign, initiated by Survival International:

Time and again, writing letters to those in power has proved to be one of the most effective tools for securing concrete change for tribal peoples. Survival letter-writing campaigns have helped tribal peoples win recognition of their land rights, put an end to logging or mining on their land, or halt government violence and oppression.

Your letter really can make a difference to the Gana and Gwi Bushmen. Please write a brief and polite letter or fax (in English, Setswana, or your own language). Use the following letter as a guide, or write your own:

I wish to express my grave concern at the persecution of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen, and Bakgalagadi, in the name of diamonds and 'development'. The eviction of tribal peoples from their land, and their forced assimilation into an alien society, is an outrage intolerable in the twenty-first century. Those Bushmen and Bakgalagadi who wish to return to their land must be allowed to do so, and to live there in perpetuity without fear of persecution. Even if the government refuses to provide services for them in the reserve, they must be allowed to pump their own water. De Beers, given its close links with the government, should distance itself from this atrocity by urging the government to allow these tribes home.

Please feel free to copy and paste, although of course it is best if you can personalise your letter.

Please send your letters to:

The Hon F G Mogae
President of the Republic
Private Bag 001
Gaborone
Botswana

Fax: + 267 3956 086

op.registry@gov.bw

Begin: 'Your Excellency'

and, if possible, copy to:

Mr Nicky Oppenheimer
Chairman
De Beers
17 Charterhouse Street
London EC1N 6RA
UK

Fax: +44 (0)20 7404 4730


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