The December Murders in Surinam: Update.

Tomorrow it will be 40 years ago that Desi Bouterse and his military regime tortured and murdered 15 peacefull political opponents. But this year, two amazing steps have been made: 1. Desi Bouterse was convicted for the December Murders. 2. He lost the elections and isn’t the president of Suriname anymore. This would have NOT been possible without the struggle for justice of the people of Surinam and the family members and friends of the victims.

Special shout-out to medical doctor and essay writer Theo Para and lawyer Gerard Spong, for never giving up in this struggle.

So, as allways, I will post my article on this:

Today it is the 8th of December, the day on which 15 opposer of Desi Bouterses violent and illegal military dictatorship were tortured and murdered in Suriname, my country of origin. They paid the ultimate price for standing up for justice and speaking truth to power.

They are martyrs, just like my beloved sayyidina al Hussayn, the Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, who fought against the Nazi regime during the occupation of Holland in WO2 and the brave resistance fighters who launched the February strike to protest against the persecution of Jews and Roma during World War 2.

Many of those murdered at 8 december were family, friends, comerades and acquaintances of my family.

Bram Behrs courage in the face of death and torture still gives me goosebumps and chills down my spine. He didn’t beg for his life, but proclaimed: “This is fascism, this is murder! I have been tortured and I haven’t done anything wrong!”

The murder of Bram Behr and the other 15 victims did NOT erase their legacy & meaning.

You are gone, but not forgotten. May God have mercy on your souls, bless them and reward them with Jannat al Firdaws (the Gardens of Paradise) and punish your murderers in this life and the hereafter, amen. And may peace, justice and truth return to out beloved Mother Surinam, Mama Sranan, Mai Sranan.

And may this beautiful Trowstu Singi (Comfort songs for funerals) be a comfort to all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvGBJ0QQpTY&feature=emb_title

P.S.

The translation of the song: The translation of the Trowstu Singi (Comfort song, sung at wakes and funerals): “With palm leaves he will go.
When he/she will arrive at the other side in Jerusalem, with palm leaves he will go.
A sacred angel will come to take him. When he will arrive at the other side in Jerusalem, a sacred angel will take him.
With songs he will go. With songs he will go. When he will arrive at the other side, with songs he will go.
With flowers he will go. With flowers he will go. When he will arive at the other side in Jerusalem, with flowers he will go.
With prayers he will go, with prayers he will go. When he arrives at the other side, in Jerusalem, with prayers he will go.
With love he will go. With love he will go. When he arrives at the other side, at Jerusalem, with love he will go.
With palm leaves he will go.
When he/she will arrive at the other side in Jerusalem, with palm leaves he will go.”

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