regular blog of Ghanaian writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Saturday, February 12, 2011
A Letter from Equatorial Guinea
This has come to me via a mutual friend and I am sharing. Please spread the word.
From Egypt to Equatorial Guinea
-Juan Manuel Davies-
(Writer, born in Equatorial Guinea)
All started in the North African country of Tunisia. In a much smaller but not insignificant scale, Yemen, Algeria and other Middle Eastern countries participated in this unquenchable yearn for democracy. Then Egypt took over.
For the past two weeks, we have all witnessed, worldwide, the hundreds of thousands of people participating in this peaceful Revolution taking place in Egypt against all forms of dictatorial governments.
Well, it seems that now, that pro-democracy fever has arrived to the tiny oil rich country of Equatorial Guinea with a sad twist.
Today, February 11, 2011, one of the country's most prominent and prolific writers, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, has decided to go on a hunger strike until Mister Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the current dictator of Equatorial Guinea since 1979 and his entire Cabinet relinquish power.
The simple plea of Juan Tomás is for the International Community to apply as much pressure as possible to President Obiang Nguema to immediately initiate considerable and verifiable changes which will conduct that tiny Nation to a real Democracy before it is too late.
We understand, as it has been proven by MR. Mubarak, that the response from the government of Equatorial Guinea will be that this is just a one man's quest for publicity and fame, giving his sole opinion on the present situation of the country, and they will use all kind of false propaganda to ensure the continuation of their dictatorial regime. However, we should not tolerate that this valiant and unselfish effort of Juan Tomás goes in vain and possibly end in tragedy.
I therefore urge all people of good conscience to contact your political Representatives, as well as President Obama and Secretary Clinton and ask them to intervene in the above mentioned matter to try to rescue our brother Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel.