Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #511) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #511)
Transcript: The people of the USA have an inspiring and proud history and have made valuable contributions in many fields. And it is not difficult for me to find friends amongst the American people friends whom I love and respect, and whose interest in the welfare of our people is deep and sincere. But I hate all forms of imperialism and I consider the US brand, which attempts to subjugate independent countries when European imperialism is on its last legs, the most loathsome and contemptible.
The activities of the CIA which props up right wing elements in all countries, which tries to undermine and topple legitimate progressive governments through violence, intrigue and dollars, which has caused the downfall of many a country and is responsible for the death of untold numbers of people, has brought the US government into disrepute. It was the acme of arrogance and selfishness for the US which established a network of military bases directed against the Soviet Union, now to object to the erection of a missile base as a defensive measure by an independent state whose very independence was threatened by the US.
On the eve of my conviction and sentence several acts of sabotage in Durban (3 Kloof pylons, Congella and ) and in Johannesburg had taken place as a protest , some of which were widely reported in the press for the professional skill with which they were carried out and which had made an impact on both the police and the public. Side by side with these activities of units of MK, were the widespread appearance of "Free Mandela" slogans painted in the most prominent places throughout Durban. By this time MK members were already in prison among them were Benny
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