Erase the dicator.
For all Iranians who look for freedom.
Many of the countries in Africa gained their independence after World War II. Often, they have artificial borders, arbitrarily drawn up by their former colonizers, who had to cede power to the leaders of the countries’ independence movements. But after years of rule, some of those “liberators” have become dictators, often supported by the ex-colonists. Such was the case with Ahmed Sékou Touré, who ruled over Guinea for 25 years. His death, while he was abroad, left a power vacuum that led to a battle for control. I was among a group of about a hundred journalists authorized to cover his funeral. After the funeral was over, we were supposed to leave the country, going without being able to cover the struggle for succession, which would occur in the darkness of misinformation. Pleading that I was physically ill, I asked to stay for a few more days. Three days later, a military coup d’état took place. Though peaceful, it put a stop to the rivalry for Sékou Touré’s throne, and marked the end of his regime. Ecstatic, the newly freed population celebrated. In the streets, people sang Bob Marley lyrics and danced to the beat of drums. Every image of the man who had ruled in terror was obliterated. Stone in hand, this boy spent all day long scratching out every portrait of Sékou Touré that he found on his way. This photograph went around the world. Some months later, I heard from a fellow journalist that the image had turned into a kind of symbol. It had been widely distributed in other countries in Africa, where it was used to deliver a message of hope: “Look, you can erase dictators.” #child #boy
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