Kenya’s Muslims also get a little taste of "Democracy” when they join the protests in Mombasa.
From the second link:
A statement by envoys from nine countries including Britain, the Netherlands and Australia, urged Kibaki and Odinga to meet for direct talks without delay or preconditions, and called on Kenya's security forces to show restraint.The Kibaki government let this happen by maintaining the ban and Odinga’s ODM let this happen by allow the protest to go forward--he knew this would happen. He knew that going forth in the face of the protest-ban would produce deaths at the hands of the police and, as a result, produce international condemnation on the government. Now Odinga is “calling for an end” to the three days of protests as if they were meant to last longer; as if they weren’t scheduled to last only three days; as if he's calling them off due to the casualties.
"We have seen clear and disturbing footage of the use of lethal force on unarmed demonstrators," it said.
And you thought American politicians were good at this stuff.
Kenyan columnist Lucy Oriang notices. This is a “read the whole thing” type of op-ed.
There are many ways to brutalise a nation, and political manipulation tops the list. We have been subjected to this ever since Kenya became a modern state. Some people may even want to blame it on the colonial divide-and-rule policy that allocated special status to some groups and dismissed others as being of no consequence.Meanwhile, my father maintains his Stiff Upper Lip as he puts forth his weekly column "Mark My Word." The column is designed to improve the English language usage of his countrymen--for whom English is a second, third or fourth language. As always, I'm glad to "see" him.
But there is a generation or two of Kenyans who did not live the colonial experience. What’s their excuse? At some point, we will have to grow up and own up to our mistakes. We chose to go the business-as-usual way with tribal politics because it suited our prejudices.
UPDATE: The video shows the Kenyan police shooting two men in the back and kicking one afterward.
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