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Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Quote in Context

"The government is preaching democracy but it doesn't know anything about democracy," said 24-year-old banker Senaye Lema."

Which government is referred to here?

France?
Ethiopia?
USA?
Canada?

Here is a bit more context:

The latest violence began in the capital, a stronghold of opposition groups who accuse Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of rigging his way back to power in polls in May.

Most shops in Addis Ababa remained shut on Saturday, but a few residents were out, suggesting a slow return of confidence.

"The government is preaching democracy but it doesn't know anything about democracy," said 24-year-old banker Senaye Lema.

"They lost power through elections but they are hanging on through the gun...They only know how to rule through gunfire. They are preaching false democracy."

Yes, this is Ethiopia. But the "preaching of false democracy" by a corrupt government trying to hang on to power by every desparate means available sounds vaguely familiar.

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Hmmm .. good parallel, but it might be a mistake for the libranos... us westerners know how to shot ... lol

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