The Tyrant Two-Step Dance

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Dictatorial regimes can be so predictable.

Whenever their victims challenge them, they begin a two-step dance

Step #1 - send in the secret police, preferably dressed as civilians, to violently suppress any demonstrations.

Step #2 - stage a "pro-regime" demonstration to deceive the international community with a "show of popular support."

That is currently the case in Iran, where ABC News is reporting:

"Hundreds of thousands of government supporters flooded the streets of Iran today in a well orchestrated show of solidarity with the regime. State television showed live pictures of people praising the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei and calling for the punishment of opposition leaders."

And just weeks before, it was the case in Cuba, where according to the BBC:

"Cuban dissidents trying to hold a silent march in Havana to mark Human Rights Day were confronted by crowds chanting pro-government slogans."

However, sometimes Step #2 backfires on tyrants.

Remember Ceausescu?

Here's a video reminder: