ECOWAS Exodus: Niger, Mali, & Burkina Faso’s Anti-Colonial Uprising Continues
On January 28, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger announced their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a bloc condemned by West Africa’s popular movements as a vestige of French neo-colonial control of the region. In a statement announcing the exit, the three countries stated, “Under the influence of foreign powers”, the regional bloc of ECOWAS “has become a threat to its member states.”
Kwesi Pratt, Jr. the General Secretary of the Socialist Movement Ghana (SMG), explains how West Africa’s popular movements are rising up against French neo-colonialism and what the withdrawal means for the region.
“The fervor for change is very strong in West Africa because the people are no longer able to bear exploitation and repression from their former colonial authorities.”
WATCH @SocialistGhana discuss Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger’s exit from ECOWAS