Sierra Leone

The post-war strike wave in East, West, and Southern Africa

From the end of the Second World War until the mid-'60s there was a wave of strikes in British East and West Africa, French West Africa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The history of this class struggle has been neglected by both mainstream historians and most revolutionary tendencies based in Europe and the US.

Patterns of rural protest: Chiefs, slaves, and peasants in north western Sierra Leone 1896-1956

PhD dissertation by Ismail Rachid focusing on slave and peasant resistance to British colonial rule and local elites between 1896 to 1956.

Reflections on the 1955 Freetown Riots by a senior police officer

Freetown, 1960s

This is not a first hand account of the riots, and it is given from the point of view of a police officer, however due to the lack of information about these events online in general we make it available for reference.

Strikes and riots in Sierra Leone, 1955 (Hansard)

1956 stamp from Sierra Leone

Discussion from the House of Commons after British troops suppressed strikes and riots in Sierra Leone by shooting into crowds, killing twenty people including five schoolchildren and injuring many others.

Lennox Boyd was the conservative secretary of state for the colonies. J Johnson was a Labour Party opposition MP.

Police kill striking diamond miners in Sierra Leone

Hundreds of workers are striking against non-payment of bonuses, for an end to racism, and improved conditions at Sierra Leone’s largest diamond mine in Koidu. Following a blockade of the entrances and clashes with scabs, the armed forces were deployed, who opened fire on the workers, killing two and injuring many others.