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3. Vehicle Of Sedition: The Role Of Transport Workers In Sawaba'S Rebellion In Niger, 1954-1966

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This chapter focuses on the role of one particular social, occupational group transport workers in the chequered history of the Sawaba movement, both in its initial phase when the party was fighting its way to and trying to maintain power, and during its period of clandestine activities. It discusses the occupations grouped under the rubric of transport workers who were active on behalf of the movement. The chapter examines the role of transport workers after Sawaba's fall from power in spreading the party message, building up and maintaining a clandestine network of intelligence, and their contribution to infiltration and communication work, culminating in participation in guerrilla attacks. It concludes the significance of transport workers as archetypal examples of Niger's petit peuple or immediately associated strata and their contribution to the pursuit of modern politics in both conventional and seditious forms.

Keywords: Niger; Sawaba movement; seditious forms; transport workers



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