A Report on the Further Liberation of Guine

Basil Davidson


It is a saying that Amilcar Cabral particularly liked : he used to apply it to situations of momentary setback with all the glee of a man for whom the drily satirical wit of village humour was a valued armament against adversity. He also used to apply it in its other sense, and without any laughter: in its sense of grim and angry defiance of some new outrage of colonialist military repression or destruction. It is a saying that his comrades will have applied, in this second sense, to the murder of Amilcar Cabral on 20 January this year, shortly after half-past ten at night, by a clutch of traitors acting on a plan devised by General Ant6nio Spinola's staff in Bissau.

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