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8.01.2013

2013. Bad year for dictators  ? 98

8:21, — Politics

2013. Bad year for dictators

The number of enemies of freedom will decrease this year.

This opinion is proposed by Die Zeit (Germany), which made a top list of world dictators, populists and autocrats. Belaruss head Alyaksandr Lukashenka is among them.

Bad times come for dictators. Many of them were ousted, overthrown, killed or tried in the recent years. These events all over the world gave a new hope that people will stand up to get rid of tyrants.

There are still many despots, autocrats and populists in power in many countries. Not all of them are ankle-deep in blood, throw people into jail, torture and kidnap them. But all of them defy the law, manipulate the media, harm democracy and freedom, harass minority groups and incite violence. No one would regret if they quitted voluntary. Almost all of them, if things went in the right way, would appear on the dock.

Besides the Belarusian dictator, Die Zeit has leaders of other countries on the list: Eritreas Isaias Afewerki, Syrias Bashar al-Assad, Bahrains Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Irans Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Gambias Yahya Jammeh, Uzbekistans Islam Karimov, North Koreas Kim Jong-un, Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe, Ukraines Viktor Yanukovich, Russias Vladimir Putin and Equatorial Guineas Teodoro Obiang.

The list also includes al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Some of these people will be deposed in 2013. Lets hope it will be done without too much bloodshed. It will be a good year, the authors of the article are confident.


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