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"cleaning up" for Bush in Senegal

portland isn't the only city that craps on its citizens when GW comes to town.... a resident's account of preparations for Bush's visit to Dakar.
>FYI. Not knowing the Senegalese writer of this private message and not
>wanting to cause him/her any trouble, I have deleted the routing
>information.
>
>Dearest friends,
>
> As you probably know, this week George Bush is visiting Africa.
>Starting with Senegal, he arrived this morning at 7.20 AM and left at
>1.30 PM. This visit has been such an ordeal that a petition is being
>circulated for this Tuesday July 8th be named Dependency Day.
>
> Let me share with you what we have been trough since last week.
>
> 1- Arrestations : more than 1,500 persons have been arrested and put
>in jail between Thursday and Monday. Hopefully they will be released now
>that the Big Man is gone
>
> 2- The US Army's planes flying day and night over Dakar. The noise
>they make is so loud that one hardly sleeps at night
>
> 3- About 700 security people from the US for Bush's Senegal, with
>their dogs, and their cars. Senegalese security forces were not allowed
>to come near the US president
>
> 4- All trees in places where Bush will pass have been cut. Some of
>them are over 100 years old
>
> 5- All roads going down town (were hospitals, businesses, schools
>are located) were closed from Monday night to Tuesday at 3 PM. This
means
>that we could not go to our offices or schools. Sick people were also
>obliged to stay at home.
>
> 6- National exams for high schools that started on Monday are
>postponed until Wednesday.
>
> Bush's visit to the Goree Island is another story. As you may know
>Goree is a small Island facing Dakar where from the 15th to the 19th
>century, the African slaves to be shipped to America were parked in
>special houses called slave houses. One of these houses has become a
>Museum to remind humanity about this dark period and has been visited by
>kings, queens, presidents. Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and before
>them, Nelson Mandela, the Pope, and many other distinguished guests or
>ordinary tourists visited it without bothering the islanders. But for
>"security reasons" this time, the local population was chased out of
>their houses from 5 to 12AM. They were forced by the American security
>to leave their houses and leaves everything open, including their
>wardrobes to be searched by special dogs brought from the US. The ferry
>that links the island to Dakar was stopped and offices and businesses
>closed for the day.
>
>According to an economist who was interviewed by a
>private radio, Senegal that is a very poor country has lost huge amount
>of money in this visit, because workers have been prevented from walking
>out of their homes. In addition to us being prevented to go out, other
>humiliating things happened also. Not only Bush brought did not want to
>be with Senegalese but he did not want to use our things. He brought his
>own armchairs, and of course his own cars, and meals and drinks. He came
>with his own journalists and ours were forbidden inside the airport and
>in place he was visiting. Our president was not allowed to make a
>speech. Only Bush spoke when he was in Goree. He spoke about slavery. It
>seems that he needs the vote of the African American to be elected in
>the next elections, and wanted to please them. That's why he visited
>Goree.
>
> Several protest marches against American politics have been
>organized yesterday and even when Bush was here, but we think he does
>not care. We have the feeling that everything has been done to convince
>us that we are nothing, and that America can behave the way it wants,
>everywhere, even in our country. Believe me friends, it is a terrible
>feeling. But according to a Ugandan friend of mine, I should not
>complain because it Uganda one of the country he is going to visit, Bush
>does not intend to go out of the airport. He will receive the Ugandan
>President in the airport lounge.
why cut down the trees? 20.Jul.2003 11:33

annabelle stonewall

thank you for the post -- what horror! i don't understand why they would cut down the trees. does anyone know why?

GW fears all life 20.Jul.2003 11:45

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especially trees. Geez, Annabelle, can't you tell? Seriously, my guess is this uber-paranoid, couldn't-be-guiltier regime is afraid of anything people can hide behind.