AFRICANGLOBE – Police have attacked, beaten numerous protesters who are holding a peaceful vigil to call attention to the brutal death of Malcolm X’ grandson Malcolm Shabazz. Among those known to be physically and badly assaulted are Metelus Wilner and Jah Zakah from Haiti. We ask you to forward this and are looking for assistance in this matter urgently.
After the ruthless murder of Malcolm Shabazz in Mexico City on May 9, 2013, many people have expressed their rejection of this crime and their concerns regarding the official version.
But across the country, only one organization has acted to demand justice. After demonstrating several times without any response from the head of Mexico City’s government, Mayor Miguel Mancera, the Committee for the Defense of Naturalized and Afro-Mexicans (CCDNAM) initiated a hunger strike recently, at the doors of the Federal District Government Building.
“Today we are beginning a hunger strike and we do so with conviction. We seek justice for the murder of Malcolm Shabazz,” said Wilner Metelus, president of CCDNAM. “His grandfather, Malcolm X, did much for the benefit of humanity. He was one of the last century’s most important human rights defenders. We cannot accept that death of his grandson in silence. Although his blood family of is in the United States, we consider the young Malcolm as our brother.”
The strikers carried banners with images of the two Malcolms that invite us to reflect on their way of thinking and acting.
We recall a fragment of a speech that Malcolm X gave in Detroit on Feb. 14, 1965, the night his home was bombed in Harlem one week before his assassination. Speaking to the relatively newly formed Organization of Afro-American Unity, which was “designed to combat all the negative political, economic and social disparities in our neighborhoods,” he said: “One of our first programs is to bring our problem outside the context of civil rights at the international level and place it in the context of human rights so that the whole world can have a voice in our fight.
If we keep to the level of civil rights, the only place we can seek allies is within the limits U.S. borders. But when we consider it a struggle for human rights, it is internationalized and we can open the door to all kinds of advice and support from our brothers in Africa, Latin America, Asia and other parts of the world.”
And to know a little more about who Malcolm Shabazz was, listen to what his friend, the NBA basketball star Etan Thomas, said at a commemorative event held in Harlem: “Yes, he was my friend and I saw his passion and what he wanted do. The way he wanted to help our people was genuine. You could see it in his eyes when he spoke in forums in all parts of country.
“We did good work together, me and Malcolm – in Manhattan, in the Rikers Island prison and in Baltimore. In Rikers Island, we talked to around 500 young men, all under the age of 18 who are incarcerated in that infamous prison. (Many stars) participated, but one of the people who really connected with them the most was young Malcolm Shabazz. He was so honest with them. He talked about the mistakes he had made and how he used his time in prison to learn. He connected with them because they saw his sincerity. Youth can detect this immediately. Either they connect with you or they don’t. And he connected with them immediately. …
“For me, it was an honor to meet him, an honor to have him as a friend.”
At the start of the hunger strike in Mexico City, Wilner Metelus answered some questions:
Q: Is this the first time that you have done a hunger strike?
A: No. We held a hunger strike two years ago for the Nigerian, Isaac Echinedu Nwachukwwu, who died when he was run over while trying to escape from two policemen who were beating him. We were here 12 days. And here we are again.
Q: What is your immediate demand?
A: That (Mayor) Miguel Mancera agree to dialogue with us. Nineteen days ago we gave him a letter, but he’s made no response. Today finally Government Secretary Héctor Serrano received us cordially and informed us that the case is in the hands of the attorney general for justice in the federal district.
We already knew this, but after they arrested two waiters a couple of days after the murder, there has been no breakthrough. The apparatus of justice in this country is not working well. So we will not move from here until we have a dialogue with the mayor. Malcolm Shabazz is giving us the strength to be able continue the strike.”
Q: Are there broader demands?
A: Let justice be done. And not only do we want justice for Malcolm Shabazz but for all Mexicans, and there are many who have suffered outrages. We also pledge our solidarity with them.