DSA IC Stands with the PAIGC against Electoral Interference and Political Repression in Guinea-Bissau

The Democratic Socialists of America International Committee (DSA IC) stands in solidarity with the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau (PAIGC) and calls for the  opening of the National People’s Assembly and for the Party to rightfully assume its democratically-elected position within the government of Guinea-Bissau. Regional and national authorities must ensure that the rule of law and the will of the people are respected. Despite blatant acts of electoral interference and numerous obstacles imposed upon the Party, the PAIGC is constitutionally entitled to its position within the Guinea-Bissau government.

Incumbent president Umaro Sissoco Embaló came to power through a rigged election in December 2019. Since then, he and his cohorts in the Madem-G15 party have proceeded to launch attacks on the PAIGC, including kidnappings, beatings, imprisonment, murders, and violent assaults on radio stations. Madem-G15 have corrupted the nation’s electoral processes, attacked the judiciary, and used illegal, undemocratic means to repress the PAIGC. The illegitimate Embaló regime, supported by the United States, France, and other Western imperialist powers, staged a false coup in February 2022 and called on The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for protection under the direction of then-president of Senegal, Macky Sall. Through these actions, imperialism tightened its grip on Guinea-Bissau’s political and economic institutions.

In the face of this repression, the PAIGC undertook the painstaking task of mass organizing in Guinea-Bissau. By doing so, they have built a mass base and  asserted their power. 

As detailed in a recent statement by the Central Committee of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, the Embaló regime has consistently used intimidation, terror, murder, and psychological warfare, with the backing of Western imperialist powers, including the state of Israel, as well as the comprador class represented by ECOWAS.

In an illegal maneuver to prevent the PAIGC from assuming power, President Embaló has dissolved the National People’s Assembly. We stand in solidarity with the PAIGC and echo the people of Guinea-Bissau’s demand that the doors to the National People’s Assembly be opened immediately to allow the democratically-elected representatives to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities. We encourage the ECOWAS Permanent Commission to guarantee that the Guinea-Bissau Constitution is respected and that the will of the people is heard above all else.