London 1901 Haymarket Commemoration and anti-Boer War meeting leaflet

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ASSASSINATIONS BY GOVERNMENT

A
Mass Meeting 
WILL BE HELD ON 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, AT, 11 A M., 
at the 
BECKTON ROAD, E. 
(CANNING TOWN.) 
Also, at 7 p.m., at 
STRATFORD GROVE, E., 

To Commemorate the Legal Murder of the 
CHICAGO ANARCHISTS
and to protest against the 
BARBAROUS EXTERMINATION
of Boer Men, Women and Children in South Africa. 

Speakers:—H. GRAHAM, S. MAINWARING,
F. GOULDING, F. KITZ, KELLY and others. 
COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS ! 

Fellow-workers, you have not realised your responsibilities over this war. Nay, you have deliberately shunned them. If Chamberlain, Milner, and Rhodes have plotted for the war; if Salisbury, Balfour, and Brodrick have backed them up, you also have lent them your support. It would be useless to deny it; the corpses of these murdered Ones are in evidence against [over]

you. If you had raised your voices at the critical moment, in place of those hells—the concentration camps—there would have been to-day the happy homes of a peaceful and industrious people that, the British army—your brothers—has destroyed. And for what? For the enrichment of the most notorious gang of international robbers the world has yet been cursed with. Yes, friends, the Beits, Wernhers, Ecksteins, Rothschilds, and the rest, are the agents in advance of this cut throat imperialist government, this administration of jackals and hyenas, scourging you, blind as you are, into still deeper misery and slavery, revelling in the ruins it has created in South Africa, whilst Chamberlain rubs his hands with delight over the 50 per cent. profit his firms are making out of the war. 

This is the moral condition of England at the beginning of the 20th Century! 

To end the infamies of Imperialism there is but one thing to be done—the working people of England must speak the word that shall end this war. There is no hope for the “upper” classes who are so debased by wealth and luxury as to be blind to the injustice and suffering of the war, as later on they will be blind and deaf to your condition when, unemployed, you will be walking the streets in search of work. There is no hope for the fawning and crawling priests who, whilst living on the best, flatter and cajole the ruling classes, and hover like a dark and noisome vapour between the people and the light. They glorify torture today as they glorified it three hundred years ago; and if by any chance a few raise their voices on behalf of humanity the world stares in astonishment.

Lastly, what hope have you for the politicians? Are not their lies and tricks proverbial? Even at this very moment when we are disgraced in the eyes of the world, can you not see their miserable ambitions fermenting, their wire-pulling in full swing, while they formulate fresh schemes to deceive you, the people, and promise new acts which never act and new reforms that never reform? If we believed in hell we should say that hell was the place for these Judases—Asquith, Chamberlain—with their abominable intrigues and ambitions. But as it is we ask you, fellow workers, to turn your backs on their tomfooleries and rely on yourselves to have justice done. 

For remember women and children are “dying like flies” in those camps, for which we are responsible, and since one else will do it, we the Anarchists of London call on you to lend all the support in your power, to attend our meeting, to rouse your fellows and to insist that these murders shall cease. 

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