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To Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda

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December 26th, 2010 – until Ingabire and Ntaganda are free

This post began as an online collection of Christmas and New Yeer’s wishes for Rwandan opposition leaders Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda, and for the Rwandan people, and African people of the wider region, who have suffered such brutal dictatorship and exploitation for so long.    We’ve transferred it to Afrobeat to encourage everyone to continue sending their wishes,  thoughts and plans to Victoire and Bernard here, for as long as they remain behind bars.

On Christmas Eve Pacifica Radio’s KPFA 94.1fm-Berkeley broadcast this KPFA Weekend News report on Ingabire and Ntaganda spending Christmas behind bars.

Please, when commenting here,  include names and locations, unless doing so is cause for anxiety, as is so often the case in the Rwandan Diaspora, where so many fear reprisal.

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi opposition leader, is spending Christmas in Rwanda's maximum security 1930 prison.

To Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Bernard Ntaganda
1930 Prison
Kigali, Rwanda

Dear Victoire and Bernard:

We are sad to see you, two of the candidates who attempted to contest this year’s Rwandan presidential election, spending Christmas behind bars, in Rwanda’s 1930 maximum security prison. Your incarceration, even after the release of the October 1st UN Mapping Report documenting the Kagame regime’s war crimes, crimes against humanity, and civilian massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is justice turned upside down, or rather, no justice at all.

Bernard Ntaganda, Rwandan opposition leader, planned to protest the opposition's exclusion from Rwanda's 2010 presidential election, saying, "Silence is acceptance." He was arrested before he could leave the house on 06.24.2010, and is now, like Victoire Ingabire, spending Christmas in Rwanda's 1930 maximum security prison.

Though you will not even be able to read this card online or in print, we hope you may somehow hear of it and be heartened. Thank you many times over for your courage and strength.

5 Comments »

  • Froduald Harelimana said:

    Chairpersons Victoire Umuhoza and Mr Bernard Ntaganda,
    I gratefully salute your courage to endure all these ongoing and painful sacrifices for life, freedom and wellbeing of Rwanda and Rwandans.
    I pledge to you my determination to keep lining my support and prayers to you along with fellow Rwanda people and friends of Rwanda who will never be shaken to seek and reach a true victory for a better democratic Rwanda.
    In the world history, so many others martyrs and pioneers elsewhere suffered and finally succeed to plant seeds for a better and bright future for people, with them and God’s help;
    So, we will!
    Gratefully,
    Froduald Harelimana

  • Claire Umurungi said:

    Previous (earlier) X-mas and new year wishes and comments were recorded here: http://www.theproxylake.com/2010/12/christmas-car

  • John Mugabo said:

    Dear Victoire and Bernard,

    Our prayers are with you. You are suffering for the right cause.

    God Bless you.

    John Mugabo

  • Jean Nepo said:

    Ntaganda case kicked off today January 7, 2011. The prosecution prayed for 10 years and 2 months in prison with a 400,000RWF fine. The trial will continue next Friday January 14, 2011 with his co-accused from PS-Imberakuri and FDU-Inkingi.
    (New Times (Rwanda) article)

  • ann (author) said:

    I’d like to report this if I just had time and breathing space, Jean.

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