Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #462) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #462)
Transcript: delegates did not mean that I was unmindful of the fact that they probably had genuine grievances and were reacting to mistakes made by others. The taking of unilateral decisions by any State affecting other countries, however well disposed that State may be to the national struggles in those countries, and interference in internal affairs of other countries by supporting one oppressed population group against other oppressed groups, was bound to create fierce tensions where people found it difficult to think calmly.
The conference was officially opened by the Emperor in an army uniform. I had never suspected that he was so short and small in build. From all that I had heard of him I expected to see a giant. But his dignity and confidence and especially his remarks to the conference were those of an elder statesman. He stressed the question of unity of freedom organisations in each country and sharply condemned rivalry and disunity as the bane of national liberation movements. He expressly drew attention to political events in the Congo and expressed the view that the trouble in that country was not so much due to imperialist intrigues as to disunity of its leaders. Finally he declared that Ethiopia fully supported the struggle against racial discrimination and would do everything in her power to give momentum to that struggle (check speech).
In our speech we commented on the significant fact that the conference was meeting in Addis Ababa the capital of a kingdom whose own struggle to defend its independence had in turn inspired our own struggles. We reviewed the history of the freedom struggle in our own country and the brutal massacres that had been committed by whites on our people here and in South West Africa
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