Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday. The king’s reign was marked by the exploration and colonization of peoples around the world. Elizabeth represented privilege built on slavery, segregation and exploitation.
Felipe Annunziata | Rio newsroom
International – Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom passed away today (8) at the age of 96. For 70 years the British monarch ruled a vast colonial empire that exploited wealth, enslaved people and supported coups in all parts of the world.
Kenya, Yemen, Northern Ireland, Egypt and South Africa were some of the countries that suffered the oppression, slaughter and exploitation of the British Empire under Elizabeth.
Colonial liberation struggles took place in Africa and Asia during his reign. In South Africa, the Queen’s government supported and financed the apartheid regime, which sought to discriminate and subjugate black people. In Kenya, during the war of independence in the 1960s, people were mutilated and tortured with axes for rebelling against the British.
Imperial rule after colonial defeat
In the 1950s and 1960s, with the successive victories of the anti-colonial struggle, the United Kingdom replaced the British Empire with the Commonwealth or British Commonwealth.
The organization aimed to guarantee the British monarchy even with independent nations. That is why Elizabeth was the queen of 14 other countries besides England. This is also the case with Jamaica, Australia, Canada and the small archipelago of Tuvalu in Oceania.
The purpose of the Commonwealth was to maintain control of British financial capital in these countries, particularly in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Even countries that became republics, such as India or Barbados (which became a republic last year), are still in the system.
Slavery, coup d’état and Nazi sympathies
These structures controlled by the British monarchy did not arise with Elizabeth. His dynasty has ruled the United Kingdom since the 18th century.
It was during the reigns of his predecessors that England played an important role in the Atlantic slave trade. This monarchy dominated 25% of the world’s territories, suppressed languages, persecuted ethnic groups and arrested revolutionaries who fought against colonialism.
Another feature that characterizes the Windsor family dynasty is the sympathy of some of its members for Nazism. The Queen’s uncle Edward VII (who was also King) was known for openly supporting Hitler’s regime. The Queen herself was recorded as a Nazi-salute child.
Another distinguishing feature of his government was his support for coups. Elizabeth’s government, a close NATO ally, supported coups in Latin America and Africa. Ghana’s most iconic case is the 1966 British-backed plot to oust President Kwame Nkrumah.
In Latin America, Elizabeth’s Royal Navy made no attempt to maintain colonial rule in the internationally recognized Argentine territory of the Falkland Islands.
The British monarchy is a medieval and reactionary tradition
This history of exploitation, wars, colonization and deaths is now covered up by the mainstream media. All the news media of the bourgeoisie try to extol Elizabeth’s “heritage”.
No words were given to assert the privileges of the British monarchy built on the brutal colonization of people from all parts of the world.
There is nothing to regret about Elizabeth’s death, except that she, along with the entire British government, was never tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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