Land That Outlawed Hate On Edge as Key Vote Nears
da: The Wall Street Journal
The man who outlawed ethnic hatred in this tiny African nation is running for re-election, just as a delicate peace is showing signs of strain.
In recent weeks, politicians lining up against President Paul Kagame have complained of threats and physical attack. According to the 2009 U.S. Human Rights Report, journalists who criticize the government have been arrested—a pattern that has escalated recently, journalists say. Grenades have exploded here in the capital, Kigali. And ethnic violence is creeping back.
The incidents reflect a growing tension in the country, a byproduct of the government’s determination to prevent a reprise of the genocide here 16 years ago. In 1994, some 800,000 people—one-tenth of the population, most of them ethnic Tutsi—were killed by machetes and farm tools in violence that ended when Mr. Kagame and his…