Source: New Democrat News - Liberia
|US Amb. Greenfield |
The Ambassador, who made the statement at the program marking the 235th Independence Anniversary of the US, spoke in relation to the whirlwind of people’s revolt currently precipitating the ouster of despotic leaders in North Africa and the Middle East.
Ambassador Greenfield: “The headwinds in support of democracy will prevail, and tyrants who attack their people will fail. We have witnessed citizens challenging governments in Libya and other countries in the Middle East. The march for democratic rule cannot be stopped.
“In the past few months, we have witnessed the burning desire for social justice manifested through fearless mass demonstrations. Young people are demanding democratic systems of government… They are saying ‘no more’ to strongmen who ruled for decades without the genuine consent of their fellow citizens.”
The Ambassador then mentioned the importance of the scores of elections that were held in many African countries in 2010, as well as those already held or are to be held in 2011, saying: “These elections tell us that more citizens are demanding participation, accountability, and a better quality of life.”
Many leaders have either been fearlessly challenged or have been deposed in recent time for their tyrannical exercise of power over their people. A few months ago, Presidents Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt were deposed by their citizens. Other “strongman” leaders like Muammar Gaddafi of Libya are being challenged.