Thursday, March 14, 2013

More Government Violence in Togo

Right across the eastern border of Ghana is the city of Lome in Togo. It is the seat of a repressive dictatorship that continues in power with the active support of the French and US governments and more importantly the passive support of racist American liberals. Today security forces used tear gas to break up a demonstration in Lome the capital of Togo. The demonstrators were protesting new restrictions on the country's media. The government can now revoke media licenses without going through the courts. Around 50 journalists were involved in the protest and 3 were injured. This is just the latest in a long string of protests by people in Togo recently against the dynastic dictatorship of Faure Gnassingbe who inherited rule of the country from his father in 2005.

You won't ever find anything about the ongoing struggle for freedom and human rights in Togo on any self proclaimed "liberal", "progressive", or "radical" blogs. This is because they do not believe that the people in Togo or anywhere else in Africa are fully human. They believe it is perfectly acceptable to reinforce international racist structures in which France and the US support the regime in Togo against the people of Togo. To absolve themselves of any wrong doing they think all they have to do is condemn poor rural whites in Mississippi who are prejudiced against Black Americans. Then they become "good people" opposed to racism.  But, it is not poor rural whites in Mississippi who are propping up the Togolese regime. It is the progressive governments of France and Obama that are keeping the current dictator in power just as his father was backed by Paris and "progressive" US presidents like Johnson and Clinton. You wouldn't see such complete silence by leftist bloggers if there was a military regime in a white country like Greece or Spain. The international left was as vocal against Franco and the Greek Colonels as they are completely silent regarding Togo.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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