Ouattara’s Cote d’Ivoire: for lighting up a firecracker, two high school students experience a Leopoldian punishment, M. Frindéthié

King Leopold II’s native soldiers (the capitas) had a special predilection for the punishment that consisted in immobilizing native Congolese horizontally with a device while whipping them. This week, Alassane Ouattara’s soldiers revived this colonial practice on two Ivorian high school students in Abidjan.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN3KCTILccQ&feature=player_embedded 

Upon taking power after his April 11, 2011, bloody coup d’état, one of Alassane Ouattara’s first resolutions was to “reform” the Ivorian educational system in order to give it a mark of his own. At the tertiary level, Ouattara’s “reform” implied the indefinite closure of public universities. As a great part of President Gbagbo’s support came from college professors and university students, Ouattara envisaged the closing of public universities and campuses as a way to dismantle and disband Gbagbo’s fervent body of voters in order to govern the country as he wishes, unencumbered by any factual opposition. At the secondary level, Ouattara’s minister of education, Kandia Camara, arbitrarily replaced more than 200 high school principals and a great number of teachers with her own handpicked, but not necessarily up to the task, substitutes, in order, firstly, to have total control over the student population and, secondly, to break the teachers’ union movements. This week, Ouattara’s reform has taken its full connotation. Ouattara’s soldiers, whom several NGOs have repeatedly denounced for their human right abuses, have reared their ugly heads again, and this time, in collusion with one of Kandia Camara’s select school administrators. Ouattara’s soldiers entered Voltaire High School in Marcory, a suburb of Abidjan, and, in a gesture so reminiscent of King Leopold II’s punishment of recalcitrant native Congolese, they held two students by their arms and legs while their principal beat them publicly for having ignored a firecracker prohibition. It should not be too shocking that Ouattara should rekindle this old colonial punishment. After all is he not the custodian of a neocolonial system? Is he not the warden of Sarkozy’s regime in Cote d’Ivoire?

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One Response to Ouattara’s Cote d’Ivoire: for lighting up a firecracker, two high school students experience a Leopoldian punishment, M. Frindéthié

  1. Anonyme says:

    Je peux vous envoyer la vidéo. merci de me donner votre email en m’écrivant à coolmanivoire@yahoo.fr

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