Liberians protest against Taylor

07.03.03

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: A protest in Monrovia, Liberia against Charles Taylor:

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Liberia’s capital on Thursday in an unprecedented show of opposition to President Charles Taylor, a day after President Bush told him to leave the country.

“Taylor must go” and “No more Taylor, we want Bush,” chanted more than 400 people outside the U.S. embassy as American Marines in flak jackets and helmets kept watch from behind sandbagged posts on the roof.

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After 14 years of almost non-stop violence, Liberia is a ruined international pariah, overrun by a generation of drugged-up, drunken fighters who have spread chaos in the region.

Many Liberians think only U.S. troops can save them.

There’s no doubt that the people of Liberia, as well as some fifteen thousand refugees from Sierra Leone who are now in danger in Liberia, are fed up with the conflict. But notice anything unusual about this? As in, people actually praising the U.S. for a change?

Update 07/04: Taylor has caved to U.S. pressure and agreed to flee and seek asylum.

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1 Nanook 07.03.03 at 7:23 PM

Liberia: the African Israel?

(OK, no, in many ways. The African-American slaves who returned to Africa to found it hailed from many different cultures and languages. They hadn’t ever been bound as a unified community or culture outside of their identities as African-American slaves and then former slaves.

Which is a gigantic, fundamental difference. But many of the details of the unfolding bear uncanny similarities. Ain’t the world of nation-states fun!

Disclaimer: this sounds like the kind of thing that’s been blogged to death, somewhere. Apologies to those who’ve been there, done that.)

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