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Walter Fauntroy, feared dead in Libya, returns home – Guess who he saw doing the killing

September 11, 2011

by Valencia Mohammed

Walter Fauntroy, legendary champion of human rights, was elected in 1970 as the first member of Congress representing the District of Columbia. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1977, in 1984 he, Randall Robinson and Dr. Mary Francis Berry launched the Free South Africa Movement with their arrest at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. He retired from Congress in 1990, returning to New Bethel Baptist Church, where he had grown up, as full time pastor and becoming president of the National Black Leadership Roundtable and the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace. While in Tripoli, he told the U.K. Telegraph, “I came here over a week ago now and have been working on a long term effort to rally the genuine spiritual leaders of the world ... to work out a peace agreement.”
Special to the AFRO

Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya’s bloody civil war – a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces.

Fauntroy’s sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports that he had been killed.

In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted civil rights leader told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.

“‘What the hell’ I’m thinking to myself. I’m getting out of here. So I went in hiding,” Fauntroy said.

The rebels told Fauntroy they had been told by the European forces to stay inside. According to Fauntroy, the European forces would tell the rebels, “‘Look at what you did.’ In other words, the French and Danish were ordering the bombings and killings, and giving credit to the rebels.

Fauntroy watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.

“The truth about all this will come out later,” Fauntroy said.

While in Libya, the former congressman also said he sat down with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi for a one-on-one conversation. Qaddafi has ruled Libya since 1969, when he seized power in a military coup.

Fauntroy said he spoke with Qaddafi in person and that Qaddafi assured him that if he survived these attacks, the mission to unite African countries would continue.

The French and Danish were ordering the bombings and killings, and giving credit to the rebels.

“Contrary to what is being reported in the press, from what I heard and observed, more than 90 percent of the Libyan people love Qaddafi,” Fauntroy said. “We believe the true mission of the attacks on Qaddafi is to prevent all efforts by African leaders to stop the recolonization of Africa.”

Several months ago, Qaddafi’s leadership faced its biggest challenge. In February, a radical protest movement called the Arab Spring spread across Libya. When Qaddafi responded by dispatching military and plainclothes paramilitary to the streets to attack demonstrators, it turned into a civil war with the assistance of NATO and the United Nations.

Fauntroy’s account could not be immediately verified by the Afro, and the U.S. State Department has not substantiated Fauntroy’s version of events. Fauntroy was not acting as an official representative of the U.S. in Libya. He returned to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31.

We believe the true mission of the attacks on Qaddafi is to prevent all efforts by African leaders to stop the recolonization of Africa.

When rumors spread about Fauntroy being killed, he went underground, he told the Afro in an interview. Fauntroy said for more than a month he decided not to contact his family but to continue the mission to speak with African spiritual leaders about a movement to unify Africa despite the Arab uprisings.

“I’m still here,” Fauntroy said, pointing to several parts of his body. “I’ve got all my fingers and toes. I’m extremely lucky to be here.”

After blogs and rumors reported Fauntroy had been killed, the congressional office of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced on Aug. 24 that she had been in touch with authorities who confirmed Fauntroy was safely in the care of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Inside his home, Fauntroy pulled out several memoirs and notebooks to explain why he traveled to Libya at a time when it was going through civil unrest.

Libyan rebels fire their weapons into the air. – Photo: Francisco Leong, AFP
“This recent trip to Libya was part of a continuous mission that started under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he gave me orders to join four African countries on the continent with four in the African Diaspora to restore the continent to its pre-colonial status,” Fauntroy said.

“We want Africa to be the breadbasket of the world,” he said. “Currently, all the major roads in every country throughout Africa lead to ports that take its natural resources and wealth outside the continent to be sold to the European markets.”

Valencia Mohammed is a reporter for the Afro-American, the historic Black newspaper in Washington, D.C., where this story first appeared, on Sept. 7, and founder of Mothers of Unsolved Murders.

When this story was reposted on Mathaba.net on Sept. 9, the following was added:

Meanwhile reports from Tripoli are coming in.

It seems in the last two weeks, rebel fighters have fired more bullets into the air to express their excitement than were shot during the assault on Tripoli earlier in August. But away from “jubilant” crowds, we meet those who are not so pleased.

Abdulrakham lives in Tripoli’s Abu Slim district, which has historically been pro-Gaddafi. When the rebels arrived, his sister was badly injured. She is still in hospital in Tunisia.

Abdulrakham does not want to show his face on camera and insists on a hidden location for the interview. He says the revolution has brought much fear in its wake.

“There is no peace. There is no safety in the city. We do not let our children outside when it’s dark. We are afraid. We always wait for something bad,” he tells RT. “When Gaddafi was here, at least we didn’t have to sleep awake, like we do now.

Abdulrakham says he also wanted change and a brighter future for his country, but not this way.

“People are dying on both sides,” he continues. “The city’s been destroyed – and no one cares! Do they seriously think they changed it for the better? Don’t lie to yourself – just look around! Is this what you wanted?”

And what is around is a scene of widespread destruction and social chaos. The badly damaged buildings matched by the rising stench of garbage and decomposing bodies. Armed youngsters roam the streets, barely old enough to understand that what they carry are weapons, not toys.

Many shops, schools and hospitals are closed, while the city’s cemeteries are growing bigger.

 

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6 thoughts on “Walter Fauntroy, feared dead in Libya, returns home – Guess who he saw doing the killing

  1. Mounira

    All what mr fauntroy said is not true. If he trying to show that caddafi good man he is not Mr fauntroy you did not live there to know who love him and who is not I can ishur you that 95% of libyan people do not want him since he got the power until this day he just killing people I saw every thing in my own eyes in 1984 I was student in alfath university when they were in forcing us to watch them hanging student and they close all doors so no one can escape if I want to tell you about what happened is going take months please do not talk about something you do not know .

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  2. Michael Dixon

    Lady M you are in America, the home of the lynchers. Like Frederick Douglas said “Things done against Black People everyday would shame a Nation of Savages”. We Black People in America have been terrorized by white people for 400 years so we are experts on terrorism. Gadaffi is better than any white man in this country. Walter has been in the movement over 60 years and has seen so many Black People killed and brutalized by America. Right on for Fauntroy for speaking the TRUTH. If you decide to attack Gaddafi don’t forget to attack the Masters of Disasters the White Man who killed Millions of Black People. MD

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  3. Abdulaziz Elbuni

    I just do not know from where Mr. Fauntroy came up with this story. Its absolutly untrue, its simply mayhem.The Libyans know gaddafi better than any body else.
    When it comes to Libya and the amount of damage the libyans suffered under gaddafi regime, better ask the ones who suffer, the ones who lived those bloody years under continous oppression and torture and programmed destruction, those who were exiled for no reason except to practice their right : to be free. I think that Any one who supports and defends gaddafi now after 17th February Revolution (NOT A CIVIL WAR BY ANY DEFINITION)is simply immoral, not to use other harsh words.
    Fauntroy story is fabricated to serve a purpose only ALLH knows it. Wait,yes, the truth will be fully exposed.

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  4. Michael Dixon

    One thing about FUNKROY is integrety. He has never been or is a Liar He has been in the MOVEMENT over 60 years and has never had any kind of blemish on his record. As a deciple Of KING he calls it as he sees it. Any fool would know that Europeans Mercenaries are in the Mix. Just like they turned on Gaddafi they will turn on the Rebels because as a teacher told me “You can never use the White Man to your Advantage”. Plus you can’t use the DEVIL to help you get rid of SATAN. One day you fools will realize that the White Man is a INSTIGATOR and a MEDIATOR and when they are talking about FREEDOM it’s for WHITES only. FARRAKHAN IS IN THE MIX @YOUTUBE. HARLEM MILLIONS MARCH. CHECK IT OUT FOR TRUTH. MD

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  5. James

    Fauntroy did not go in to hiding for a month, he was with 34 others in the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, for most of August, unable to leave because Qaddafi loyalists refused to let him, or any of the others, do so!!

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  6. James

    I'm also not sure how people feared he was dead, as he, or one of his colleagues, was in constant communication with the outside World, telling them that he was alive!! I believe there are photos of him circulating from that time, and mentions of him in several Reuters wires. A little more research in future, perhaps!!

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