Black Star Journal
Commentary on the news, culture, sports and current events of sub-Saharan Africa from someone who's lived there.
The author served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.
All essays are available for re-print, with the explicit permission of the author. Contact him at mofycbsj @ yahoo.com
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Illegitimate Gbagbo's bloody hands cling to power
While the murderous Muammar Gadhafhi has received most of the international press attention, former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's blood lust for power is equally bloody. Gbagbo was defeated at the polls last November by opposition leader Alasanne Ouatarra but steadfastly refuses to give up power.
Most recently, his insecurity forces mowed down at least five women in the main city of Abidjan who were marching in support of President-elect Ouatarra.
Yesterday, Gbagbo's regime ordered that water and electricity be cut to the northern half of Cote d'Ivoire, Ouatarra's stronghold. I'm not sure if this fits the legal definition of a war crime (and make no mistake about it, Gbagbo views his quest for power as a war to be won at all costs) but it certainly re-inforces how illegitimate his regime is.
He is clearly afraid of the truth, which is why his regime kicked the BBC World Service and Radio France Internationale off the country's FM airwaves. Though if my forces were slaughtering women, I wouldn't want the outside world to know about it either.
But Gbagbo's thugs don't just target women, they target all opponents. The Associated Press reported on evidence of mass killings of those presumed to be Ouatarra supporters in the aftermath of the controversial election.