Statcounter

View My Stats

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Biko

RSS Feed Delicious Reddit Stumbled Upon Facebook


Steve Biko"Man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being"

~ Steve Biko Click Symbol to Play Clip


In 1977 on this day in Pretoria, South Africa brother Steve Biko was murdered in police custody. Former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan wrote in the Times “The winds of change sweeping the continent of Africa are whipped into a hurricane.”
Steve Biko - Activist
Activist
On 18 August, Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967. He suffered a major head injury while in police custody, and was chained to a window grille for a full day. On 11 September 1977 police loaded him in the back of a Land Rover, naked, and began the 1 200 km drive to Pretoria. He died shortly after arrival at the Pretoria prison, on 12 September. The police claimed his death was the result of an extended hunger strike. He was found to have massive injuries to the head, which many saw as strong evidence that he had been brutally clubbed by his captors. Then journalist and now political leader, Helen Zille, exposed the truth behind Biko's death.
.


In 1940, Italy invaded Egypt. A group of officers, headed by Gamal Abdul Nassar, and Anwar el-Sadat, secretly side with the Italians, ridding Egypt of Britain's accursed presence.
.


In 1943, German commando Otto Skorzeny pulled off a most daring mission. After fighting on the Eastern Front, Skorzeny was known as the commando leader who attempted to rescued Benito Mussolini from imprisonment after his overthrow. He also was the initiator of Operation Greif, for which he was judged after the war: this special operation involved false flag tactics, that is wearing the uniform of the enemy to confuse him and advance into his lines. He also helped train the Werwolves, a Nazi stay-behind organisation which tried to engage in guerilla warfare against the Allies. On September 12th 1943, Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, was rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso in Abruzzi. Blood thirst craze had driven the Duce insane unfortunately, and an unsuspecting Skorzeny was brutally attacked by the lycanthrope Duce leaving a huge gash on his right cheek.
.


In 1934, wannabe Germany Chanceller Adolf Schicklegruber delivered his famous Kinder, K├╝che, Kirche speech to the National Socialist Women's Organization. US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt welcomed it wholeheartedly, the German variant of the New Deal made a lot of sense.
.


In 1918, the regular forces of British Commanding Officer General Edmund Allenby defeated the remaining Turkish Army in Palestine. A final and conclusive strike at the Battle of Megiddo in September 1918 left the road to Damascus open. By the time Allenby arrived Colonel T.E. Lawrence and the Arabs were already installed. With Lawrence translating Allenby attempted to deliver the message to Prince Feisal that his newly-appointed Arab government would not be recognized and the city was to be handed over to the French. Feisal reacted angrily to Western duplicity and shot Lawrence dead. The irregular troops that had pursued the Arab Revolt against the Turks now set their sights on the British and French, and their fury was very great indeed.
.


Steve Biko"The weaver bird built in our house and laid its eggs on our only tree.

We did not want to send it away, until today.

We look for a new home, now. For new altars we strive to re-build the old shrines defiled from the weaver’s excrement."

~ Steve Biko Click Symbol to Play Clip


Steve Biko - Activist
Activist
In 1977 the Ghanian poet Kofi Awooner writing in the Accra Daily Mail following the murder in police custody of thirty-year old anti-apartheid activist Steve Banto Biko. Alternate Historians note, the weaver bird is an African cuckoo which occupies other birds' already built nests. The image is used in Awooner's classic poem The Weaver Bird.
.


Peter Gabriel"You can blow out a candle but you can't blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja
-The man is dead"

~ Peter Gabriel Click Symbol to Play Clip


Peter Gabriel - Musician
Musician
In 1988 musician Peter Gabriel wrote these lyrics to describe the death of Steve Bantu Biko in police custody.
.


Steve Biko"I write what I like."

~ Steve Biko Click Symbol to Play Clip


five simple words expressing a basic human right that would resonate long after his murder in police custody.
Steve Biko - Activist
Activist
.


No comments: