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Friday, January 16, 2004

Diego Garcia is a British controlled island on which there is a US base from which bombers have attacked Iraq and Afghanistan (remember that?). It is also used as a Guantanamo Bay style detention facility for Al-Qaeda suspects. The Chagossians, the territory's indigenous population, were deported by the British in a campaign which began in 1968 and have been fighting to return ever since.

Members of the socialist Lalit (Struggle) and feminist Muvman Liberasyon Fam (Women's Liberation Movement) organisations from Mauritius, along with representatives of the Chagossians, are currently planning to sail to Diego Garcia to demand the removal of the base and the rights of its people to return. Prior to their trip, they will meet with other activists at the World Social Forum in Mumbai to discuss resistance to US hegemony and the effects of corporate globalisation and seek to build support for their campaign.

There have been calls for other activists and groups to send them messages of support and encouragement. And if anyone actually reads this thing, it'd be nice if they could do just that.

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