Zakynthos, GR.—A 22-year-old African man, Bakari Henderson, was beaten to death outside of a bar in Laganas, Greece on July 7, 2017.
Various bourgeois U.S. media outlets have reported Bakari’s death as a “Brawl that killed American” or “Death of U.S. tourist in Greece”; but Bakari Henderson was killed because he was an African.
Bakari was attacked in a local bar named “Bar Code.” A surveillance video shows Bakari and a friend posing with a waitress for a selfie when he is slapped in the back of the head by another man.
Another video from a nearby shop has surfaced and it shows Bakari trying to flee 8 – 9 attackers, one of which slams him into a parked car.
It has been reported that the coroner’s findings listed “shock” in regards to the death of Bakari; he was beaten even after he was unconscious.
Greek police did not release a motive for the attack but it is clear that even though Bakari was with a group of friends, no one else was attacked but him––the only African.
No matter where African people are in the world, we are seen as black people and not “U.S. citizens” or “black brits.”
Bakari Henderson recently graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2017 with honors. Sources say Bakari went to Greece to celebrate obtaining his degree in business finance and to complete a photo shoot that would help launch his clothing line.
Bakari’s accomplishments and ambition did not shield him from to his attackers.
“As long as you’re black, you are an African”
According to one source, after a rise in “racist” violence directed toward “persons who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be foreign migrants, in 2012 the U.S. Embassy in Athens issued a security message to U.S. citizens to be aware of “unprovoked harassment and violent attacks.”
Nine men have been arrested in the killing of Bakari by Greek police and charged with intentional homicide which can carry a sentence of life in prison.
Zakynthos Mayor Pavlos Kolokotsas has said that both groups involved had been drinking extensively.
The judicial process in Greece is slow and by their law, suspects can only be held for up to 18 months before a trial.
African people are part of a dispersed nation, separated by the attack on Africa by white power.
Whether African people are in Greece or the U.S., we must be unified for our own security to be protected no matter where in the world we might be.
Bakari Handerson’s only defense from his attackers might have been in the African Socialist International (ASI).
The ASI was created with achieving the objective consolidation of African nationality for all African people wherever we are oppressed and exploited throughout the world.
One Africa! One Nation!
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