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Recipes revolution

Rallies is becoming common in Mauritius where social media muzzling is undeway

Recipes on how to avoid a revolution

Once in power, the leaders seem ignorant and adamant, but the people of Mauritius is setting new standards of revolt against such a regime

The ball and the heads keep rolling and the leaders in some countries keep doing the same mistakes.

In the end, the heads of the leaders keep rolling in the basket of history, but the fate of the people remain the same.

Today, we see a lot of chaos around us. The world we live in is not the same and people like Donald Trump do not make it simpler.

We said it before. We are living in a disruptive world and humanity need to adapt quickly or face terrible consequences.

One of the consequence we are facing in the new world, is the thick skin of the political elite.

From Mauritius to Malaysia, the U.S.A. to Maldives or Myanmar, the leaders are busy doing one thing: stay in power at all cost.

TWISTING AND TURNING

We hear that President Donald Trump may not leave the White House if he loses the November elections.

The U.S. congressmen are scrambling to find legal ways to remove him from the dugout as soon as elections results are out. If he loses that is.

This is a new way of remaining in power and even in the U.S. the leaders are thinking of twisting and changing the laws.

If he resist, it will risk a revolution in the most democratic country on earth.

After this episode, I am certain the U.S. will beef up its laws and rules in order to get rid of a losing president the fastest way possible.

But that is the U.S. not some countries like Mauritius where a government winning with only 37% of votes is unmovable.

And this strange situation is giving rise to revolutionary ideas in tiny Mauritius. Thousands of people (50,000 to 150,000) are rallying in stages.

But the authorities are trying to subdue the ‘revolt’ by lying about the crowd. They are finding ways to undermine the leaders of the movement.

There are reports of a possible crackdown on the leaders and followers. But for sure, their social media networks are heavily monitored.

Nevertheless, the people plan to rally on November 7 and this time, more people will look at the demonstrators.

The number of people rallying will matter most. That is because the regime will use that as a benchmark of its ‘success’ to undermine the revolt.

But in every event, in everything political, there is a message either from the people or from the ruling class.

In Mauritius, the message is from the people demonstrating. They want change, they want their liberty to be secured.

They want the regime to have a heart. To listen, to do the right thing or to quit and let others do the right thing.

IGNORANCE IS BLISS?

I can say that the end of communism in Europe is not that far away, not for people of my age. We still remember the revolts in the Communist belt across Europe and the fall of the wall of Berlin.

All this was the direct result of the fall of Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic. The death of the communist system in Russia sparked a political revolution in eastern Europe.

The people got what they wanted. The end of communism, the beginning of a new world allied to the West.

The European revolution in the late 1980’s could not be avoided. Russia was crumbling and becoming outdated for sure. But it is the betrayal of its president, Gorbatchev, that caused the death of the communist regime.

LESSONS UNLEARNED?

Not many people will know who Nicolae Ceaușescu was. To me, he became the ultimate victim of the death of communism in Europe.

The life and the downfall of this iconic figure of communism in Romania and in the Eastern bloc (communist bloc) is an example.

The Romanian communist politician lead the country from 1965 to 1989, serving as the Romanian Communist Party sec-gen.

Elena Ceaușescu was a Romanian communist politician who was the wife of Nicolae and deputy Prime Minister of Romania.

That is how corrupt the political system was but it depicts the power this couple had over their people for decades!

BRUTAL END

But they fell, were captured, judged and executed. What can the leaders of the world learn from this dark episode in mankind’s history?

Needless to say it is unfortunate that our leaders today are not taking heed of history. They act, they betray and they cheat the people as if they are above the law.

When they get caught, they deny and they fight back with all the money they have to set them free.

We have seen so many brutal end to regimes lately. From 2001 onwards, with the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. To the fall of the Libyan regime in 2011.

In plain English, what I am saying is there is no happy ending in a situation where the regime resists.

In Mauritius, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, is facing a backlash.

His retort to the demonstrators that he did not commit any ‘fault’ is now haunting him.

People are accusing him of lying about the Wakasio vessel and its communication with the authorities before its fatal crash.

The Wakasio is the vessel that broke off the shores of Mauritius and spilled oil in pristine waters, killing whales and other animals.

A leader of the Labour Party, Shakeel Mohamed urged the demonstrators to organise daily rallies.

He says rallies after every two weeks with a pause will not get the attention of the PM. To get Jugnauth to sit and hear the demands of the public, they need to go down the streets daily.

You can’t compare the Jugnauth’s to the Ceaușescu’s or Mauritius to Romania.

But all revolutions are the same. They are about public anger, corrupt leaders and adamant politicians.

Will the Jugnauth’s learn anything from the history of revolts and public ire across the world?

If they don’t look at the demands from a public the risk is the rallies will grow. People will become more impatient against their rants and bullying.

If the Jugnauth’s have a heart, they will try to listen to the beat of the new revolutionaries on the tropical Island.

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