Sunday, August 24, 2003

Rwanda: opposition campaign workers arrested

Police have confirmed that they arrested 12 of Faustin Twiramungu's campaign workers. Police allege that the 12 were planning to violently disrupt tomorrow's presidential elections.

Ethnicity is a sensitive issue in Rwanda following the 1994 genocide which saw militias of the majority Hutu people massacre the minority Tutsi people, and moderate Hutus. Faustin Twiramungu is a Hutu and President Paul Kagame is a Tutsi. It is against the law to appeal to or talk about ethnicity during the campaign.

For more on Rwanda and the elections, please go on to the next post. Follow the links at the bottom of that post to earlier posts on the coutry and the elections.