New York, NY – The streets of Harlem, New York were alive with sounds of protest as participants from various communities and backgrounds attended the Millions March in Harlem on Saturday August 13, 2011. The event featured several grassroots, national and international figures including Minister Akbar Muhammad of the Nation of Islam’s Africa ministry, legendary R&B songstress Melba Moore and Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.
The coalition gathered there to demonstrate against US foreign policy, specifically to express outrage about the US led bombing campaign in Libya and economic sanctions against Zimbabwe.
“Why does this (US) government want Gadhafi dead?” asked Minister Farrakhan as he addressed thousands at the march. “You must always have another source of news…other than Fox, other than CNN” he continued. Libya has been under attack from the United States and NATO overtly since April of this year. What was predicted by NATO to be a “quick war” appears now to be a long campaign where Gadhafi appears to have more popular support than estimated.
“Now he’s surviving”, said Minister Farrakhan, “what will you do with (the) brother?” He continued to make the case for Africa and Libya by citing that President Moamar Gadhafi is the only Arab leader to apologize for the Arab’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, he rebuilt a dried up river that ran to and through Timbuktu, reopening trade in the area and that unlike US and British controlled oil companies, Libya’s state-controlled oil company shares profits with the Libyan people with regular cash stipends.
Among other closing remarks, the Minister stated, “When African takes her rightful place, then all of Africa will rise!”