FBI raids African People’s Socialist Party, claims group was ‘controlled’ by FSB

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FBI raids African People’s Socialist Party, claims group was ‘controlled’ by FSB

FBI raids African People’s Socialist Party, claims group was ‘controlled’ by FSB

The party’s leader denounced the raid as an attempt to “isolate the Black Power movement” and as proof that the US imperialist political system is in a state of… 30.07.2022, Sputnik International

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FBI agents in multiple states raided African People’s Socialist Party property on Friday, handcuffed their leader and his wife in St. Louis and arrested Akile Anai, their director of agitation and propaganda, after evicting her from her home. lured. under false pretenses” in St. Petersburg, the group announced Friday. from [Russia’s] FSB,” an accusation the group bitterly denies. The claim is “offensive” because it “assumes African people do not have the capacity to lead and fight on their own.” The FBI has a long tradition of using such accusations to smear black revolutionaries as Moscow fools or puppets. Internal FBI documents show the agency killed beloved civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. regarded as a ‘wholehearted’ communist who followed a ‘Marxist-Leninist line’. The agency spent years harassing and trying to intimidate King and wage its own private war against groups like the Black Panthers under the umbrella of COINTELPRO, a domestic surveillance and infiltration project targeting communists — and the black leaders whose FBI During a press conference immediately prior to the party, an FBI Tampa field office special agent described Ionov’s alleged behavior as “some of the most egregious and egregious violations we’ve seen by the Russian government to gain confidence.” to destabilize and undermine American democracy.” And Anai took that claim seriously, too: “They talk about “interference in local elections and social media.” No, I’ll tell you: it’s Mark Zuckerberg who is interfering with people’s ability to communicate with each other…. And the US is trying to explain its own contradictions with Russia. Because it cannot rule in the same old way. It does not have the unity of its entire population. That’s what Trump represented. And they say it was Russian intervention in the elections. They say it is an undemocratic process. What does the US government know about true democracy if it deprives African people of the ability to feed, clothe and house themselves on a daily basis? Do you want to talk about destabilization? Talk to Nicaragua. Talk to Venezuela. Talk to Cuba. Talk to Russia and ask for undemocratic processes.’ “They are using Russia as part of a propaganda tool against the people, to… win your unity with the US government,” a regime she says is “incapable of answering any of the questions.” your questions. No. It can’t solve your problems and they tell you it’s Russia’s fault. Russia is not in your community and you are starving. Russia is not in your community to push you out. Russia is not the St. Pete Police Department that killed Tyron Lewis in 1996. It wasn’t Russia. It was the US government that did that.” Whether it’s not “concerned” that “the federal government thinks the Russians were trying to influence local elections, and essentially on some level are trying to take the vote away from ordinary citizens, Anai was emphatic: “The US is doing this all over the place. time, it intervenes.” But she was immediately interrupted by the same reporter, who insisted that “we are not talking about Russia.” [talking about]but,” Anai continued. “You want to talk about Russia and think that Russia is the big bad guy who interferes in local elections or something like that when the US has its practice, it’s a historic practice, takes elected officials who put the people in office and that destabilizes government and depose them.” However, Anai noted that there are people whose help the party would refuse. “There are groups that we would say no to, that would go against the interests of our community and our people and the struggle. Yes, we would say ‘absolutely no’. We would say ‘no’ to the Democratic Party, we would say ‘no’ to the Republican Party… we would say ‘no’ to these forces trying to maintain the social system.” group has ties to Ionov. But at the end of the day, “We will continue to work with any force that supports the anti-colonial African revolution,” Anai confirmed. “We will work with them.”

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The party’s leader denounced the raid as an attempt to “isolate the Black Power movement” and as evidence that the US imperialist political system is in a state of “crisis”.

FBI agents in multiple states raided African People’s Socialist Party property on Friday, handcuffed their leader and his wife in St. Louis and arrested Akile Anai, their director of agitation and propaganda, after evicting her from her home. lured. under false pretenses” in St. Petersburg, the group announced Friday.

The African People’s Socialist Party is in the FBI’s crosshairs after the law enforcement agency alleged that a Russian citizen named Alexander Ionov “executed or controlled these groups on behalf of [Russia’s] FSB,” an accusation the group bitterly denies.

“The People’s Socialist Party stands on its own and is capable of making decisions for itself, which we have done for the past 50 years,” Anai told reporters on Friday, adding that the claim is “offensive” because it “assumes African people do not have the ability to lead and fight on their own.”

The FBI has a long tradition of using such accusations to smear black revolutionaries as Moscow fools or puppets. Internal FBI documents show the agency killed beloved civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. regarded as a ‘wholehearted’ communist who followed a ‘Marxist-Leninist line’. The agency spent years harassing and trying to intimidate King and wage its own private war against groups like the Black Panthers under the umbrella of COINTELPRO, a domestic surveillance and infiltration project targeting communists — and the black leaders whose FBI agents became convinced that they were up.

At a press conference immediately prior to the party, a special agent from the FBI Tampa field office described Ionov’s alleged behavior as “some of the most egregious and egregious violations we’ve seen by the Russian government to increase confidence in American democracy.” destabilize and undermine.” And Anai took that claim seriously, too.

“They’re talking about ‘interference in local elections and social media.’ No, I’ll tell you, it’s Mark Zuckerberg who is interfering with people’s ability to communicate with each other…. And the US is trying to figure out its own contradictions with Russia. Because it can’t rule in the same old way. It doesn’t have the unity of its entire population. That’s what Trump represented. And they say it was Russian intervention in the election. They say it’s an undemocratic process. What does the US government know about true democracy if it deprives African people of the ability to feed, clothe and house themselves on a daily basis? Do you want to talk about destabilization? Talk to Nicaragua. Talk to Venezuela. Talk to Cuba. Talk to Russia and ask for undemocratic processes.”

“They are using Russia as part of a propaganda tool against the people, to… win your unity with the US government,” a regime she says is “incapable of answering your questions.” No. It can’t solve your problems and they tell you it’s Russia’s fault. Russia is not in your community and you are starving. Russia is not in your community to push you out. Russia is not the St. Pete Police Department that killed Tyron Lewis in 1996. It wasn’t Russia. It was the US government that did that.”

As to whether it is not “concerned” that “the federal government thinks the Russians were trying to influence local elections, and were essentially trying to take away the vote of ordinary citizens on some level,” Anai was emphatic:

“The US does this all the time, it intervenes.” But she was immediately interrupted by the same reporter, who insisted that “we are not talking about Russia.”

“But that’s what I am [talking about]but,” Anai continued. “You want to talk about Russia and think that Russia is the big bad guy who interferes in local elections or something like that when the US has its practice, it’s a historic practice, takes elected officials who put the people in office and that destabilizes government and expel them.”

However, Anai noted that there are people whose help the party would refuse. “There are groups that we would say no to, that would go against the interests of our community and our people and the struggle. Yes, we would say ‘absolutely no’. We would say ‘no’ to the Democratic Party, we would say ‘no’ to the Republican Party… we would say ‘no’ to these forces trying to maintain the social system.”

The communications director ultimately declined to comment on whether the group has any ties to Ionov. But at the end of the day, “We will continue to work with any force that supports the anti-colonial African revolution,” Anai confirmed. “We will work with them.”

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