SHUT UP, I’M STILL THE KING
(As long a I have mates)
What does a guy do when he or she has (much more) power (than the amount the head can assume)? One choice is to do shamelessly whatever he or she pleases because they assume that they have no obligation to give an account of their actions to anyone. Another choice is to do the same, but with diplomacy. Both elections are viable as long as the person has mates. And should the amassed power not be enough in order to continue with the immoderate way of life, the Constitution of the country can be reformed as many times as necessary. In Equatorial Guinea the Constitution was reformed up to five times by Teodoro Obiang.
The case I am talking about today is the most scandalous example of the issue. It is to our shame that this cruel reality has been hidden by many people during many years. Dictatorial governments’ lack of respect to democracy and human rights ironically finds no problems of understanding with institutions currently known as democratic and progressive governments. I wonder what “to understand” means in the context of realpolitik: does it mean to have good relationships with the neighbors, or to have the neighbors caught by the short hairs?
The answer can be to have good relationships with the others because you have them caught by the short hairs… That would clarify everything. The mentioned hypothesis is the reason why to the media all the meetings between Obiang and his occidental counterparts ended after the handshake, the picture and the business lunch in words like:
“Ted, man, be a little more democratic…”
And afterwards, out of the public view:
“What did you say out there?”
“Nothing, nothing. Just concern of public opinion.”
“Ok then. You are a master”
The responsibility of the longest dictatorship in Africa —we are talking about the country with the highest GDP per capita of the continent— means not changing in case of having trouble for the first time in history. Just changing the strategy.
Now, what does a Head of State fear, when he gets in the elections the 95% of votes (means justified by the end)?
He is afraid of being left without friends.
In the context of realpolitik a dirty dictator is left without friends in the very moment the attempts he commits against the population are known by the international community and consequently condemned; in addition to the first reason, when these facts blacken the good names of the leaders known as clean and democratic because it is discovered that they are doubly corrupt. So, when the network gets out of control.
That’s just what happens currently. Five years ago, news from the former Spanish colony wasn’t easily found in the media, and Obiang got everything easily. Now that Obiang has been unmasked, we know that all the opposition parties against the ruling party (Partido Democrático de Guinea Ecuatorial, translated as Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, DPEG) have no other way than acting from exile, otherwise, if their members stayed in the country they would be kidnapped outside and inside the frontiers. Inside the country based on state terrorism they have the risk of being incarcerated, tortured and savagely murdered in a discriminating way, to cease the voices of people and activism.
Unfortunately, from exile there is no way to achieve the goal of overthrowing such a hard and consolidated regime, even though it may appear to be losing supports. The effort of political dissidents and Amnesty International have been decisive in the change of situation; currently the dictator, under the pressure, has preferred to keep all the dissidents that may want to go back to the battlefield outside the country.
Recently I had the opportunity to know in particular the case of Weja Chicampo, leader of dissidence who was incarcerated and had his teeth pulled out in a Guinean prison some years ago, and afterwards he was beaten up. His life is a miracle. Despite of that, last 22 of September in his attempt to go back to Guinea, he was detained, separated from his luggage and returned to Madrid.
Observing these atrocities and considering that the decisions taken by a few determine the destiny of majority, I seriously wonder, is the silence friend of despotism? Are strategical interests of the superpowers conditioning ethical principles? On my part, I will keep transmitting this reality that remains silenced by the accommodated lobbies of the dictator.
From this blog I ask your opinion and help to spread the news.
Thank you for reading.
(This is the English translation of the post “Callad, que sigo siendo el rey”, published on September 24, 2013 in this blog)