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Aung San Suu Kyi's Zimbabwe
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-04-01 08:42:24
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Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party with her agreement I suppose announced that they are not going to participate in the countries election after two decades and organized from one of the worst dictatorships in the area. NLD won the last elections in 1990 but of course was never allowed to govern and twenty years after is called to embrace a masquerade that will give an alibi to a gang of murderers, drug dealers and pimps in military uniform. 

That’s the reality of the coming elections in Burma and NLD’s reaction totally justifies their name and their love for democracy, among others at least for me that show dignity and respect to Aung San Suu Kyi’s history and sacrifices. And then there is the other side, in another continent, in another land. Morgan Tsvangirai did the compromise and naturally won the election to share power with Africa’s caricature dictator Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai’s party had an equal democratic name, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) but two years after nothing has changed for Zimbabwe.

Mugabe is still there, ruling with murdering squads the land’s treasures, still kidnapping and killing, still harassing, torturing and stealing the money of the people. A month ago a photo from Zimbabwe was in every single newspaper and magazine, printed and online. The picture showed tens of Zimbabweans over the dead body of an elephant, slicing pieces to feed themselves and their families. Elephants supposedly are protected species and their hunt is forbidden. Imagine the desperation of the people to kill and eat the animal fully aware of their act and ignoring all the sequence. And I’m not talking about the environmental sequences because if you are in their place living under the conditions they live, literally starving to death, environment is probably the last of your worries.

Two years of compromises haven’t changed absolutely anything to the life of Zimbabwean people and I’m not talking only about the human rights. When there is no way to measure inflation anymore, when the Zimbabwean dollar has been suspended and the black market rules any transaction in the country with Euros and US dollars the main exchange; when parents actually sell their kids for slaves hoping that they might have a better life or at least insure a plate of food everyday that’s no change.

The only change Zimbabwe saw the last two years and it is for the worst – if that was possible – is that Tsvangirai gave Mugabe the alibi of democracy and made the international community stop pressing the dictator to leave or better move in a prison cell after judged for crimes against humanity with victims his own compatriots. That’s the only change Tsvangirai brought to Zimbabwe.

Burma’s NLD and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi showed how real leaders should act under the circumstances. Two years ago Gordon Brown was calling Adolf Mugabe to leave the country and angrily he was declaring him persona non grata in Europe, today nobody mentions what is going on in Zimbabwe and Mugabe is still there. The very same Mugabe who is responsible for dozens of murders, the very same Mugabe who is responsible for hundreds of disappearances, the very same Mugabe who is responsible for thousands of tortured, the very same Mugabe who is responsible for the slow death of a nation.

When Morgan Tsvangirai decided in an agreement to share power with Africa’s caricature Hitler I had wrote that to my opinion he was doing a lethal mistake despite all the hopes and optimism. And now it is too late for Tsvangirai, he became an instrument in the hands of Mugabe and we are back to point zero. The people of Zimbabwe need their freedom; they need to kick out Mugabe and put in the corner Tsvangirai for the simple reason that he failed them.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s is sacred and she has the support of all the world and her act justifies her legacy but remember that there are other countries like Zimbabwe that lack people like her but with equally millions that suffer.

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