Laurent Gbagbo: No to a complicit silence!

Laurent Gbagbo
Laurent Gbagbo

I was just a child when Thomas Sankara was assassinated… I could not understand my parents’ tears.  I cried when I watched the movie on the assassination of Patrice Lumumba.  Today… with Laurent Gbagbo’s arrest, I collapsed under the weight of tears of pain, hurt, and bitterness.  Today I saw my president and his wife being treated like thieves… whatever their crimes, Moubarak, Chirac, Bush Jr., or even Pinochet, were never treated like this.  Is it because Laurent and Simone Gbagbo symbolize a strong Africa? Or the educated nigger? Or the nigger who wants his freedom? What is wrong with asking people to have a pacific discussion after an electoral litigation? What is wrong with asking people to re-count the votes?

Just last year, my friends were celebrating the 50 years of independence in Africa… and I told them that I could not celebrate a masquerade.  Today the masquerade is unveiled! Bombing an entire country, shooting missiles at hospitals and the president’s residence, a foreign army (France) which sends more than 300 French soldiers, and 50 army tanks to unseat a president supported by at least 50% of the population, and crowned by the country’s supreme court! I screamed: “Why isn’t Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire’s neighbor, doing anything? Why isn’t Angola doing anything? Why isn’t South Africa doing anything? Why isn’t Africa screaming?” In 2011, my country is being bombed by France, and all the other African nations just look! Such apathy! Oh God! They think nobody will do that to them! Not doing anything is being guilty of this crime against Côte d’Ivoire, of this crime against the Black race!

Simone Ehivet Gbagbo
Simone Ehivet Gbagbo

I would like to give a tribute to Laurent and his wife Simone Ehivet Gbagbo. You have opened our eyes…

Laurent Gbagbo is a proud warrior of Africa. He has defended and continues to defend Côte d’Ivoire, and Africa. For the first time in Africa, the president of the republic has on his arms a proud and strong woman, and educated! Doctor in literature, Mrs. Gbagbo has shown us that a first lady is not there for a fashion show (as most African first ladies) or to cut pennants… Being a first lady is also being a deputy in parliament, and being an active member of a party! This is exactly what I want to say: Laurent and Simone have shown us through their fight that you could be Black and dignified… you can be Black and educated, and we have the duty to know the truth! Gbagbo has always shown the truth, and asked for pacific arrangements to problems… Thanks to him and his team at RTI, we’ve been able to see all the diversion and embezzlements of Francafrique… Thanks to him, we’ve been able to see France’s outburst and invasion of Côte d’Ivoire, the lies of Chirac, Sarkozy, etc… and even the existence of a tunnel linking the French embassy to the Presidency. Now that we are enlightened, we will continue the battle!

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