Senegal Bush brings
his own lunch, dogs, cars, 700 agents, tree
cutters, reporters and soda pop
SunMt member Joan Herron got this message from friend in Senegal.
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
The US Army's planes flying day and night over Dakar. The noise they
make is so loud that one hardly sleeps at night
About 700 security people from the US for Bush's security in
Senegal, with their dogs, and their cars. Senegalese security forces
were not allowed to come near the US president
All trees in places where Bush will pass have been cut. Some of
them have more than 100 years
All roads going down town (where 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.
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 12 AM. They were forced by the American security
to leave their houses and leave 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
In addition to us being prevented to go out, other humiliating things
happened also. Bush did not want to be with Senegalese
or 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
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.
Nevertheless, I think I am lucky, because I have such wonderful American
friends. But there are now thousands of Senegalese who believe that for
all Americans the world is their territory.
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