Africans dream of Egypt-like revolt


By Rainer Chr. Hennig
Student protests at Djibouti University were met with teargas
Afrol News, 9 February – All over Africa, the dramatic events in Tunisia andEgypt are followed, with opposition groups and dissidents hoping the same could happen in their country. Mostly, these are only dreams, but some could come true.

The first sub-Saharan copycat of the North African wave of revolution has already had his try. Gabon’s opposition leader André Mba Obame in January tried to stage a revolution inspired by Tunisia by declaring he had indeed won the August 2009 (!) presidential election in the country.

After a swearing-in ceremony, broadcasted by a private TV channel owned by himself, self-declared “President” Obame called for mass demonstrations to force President Ali Bongo out of office. Gabonese police forces had a relatively easy job dispersing the hundreds of protesters supporting Mr Obame.




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