Friday, August 8, 2014

Portrait of a Struggle; Setting the record Straight in Seychelles

At the launch of Albert Rene`s book and first biography entitled “The father of modern Seychelles” by James Michel, he claims his party brought justice, freedom, fraternity and equality to Seychelles. This is the first full length biography analysing Rene’s early years, and his struggle against colonialism; ironically the book was written by an individual that can be considered as descending from the British Empire, Dr. Kevin Shillington.

It was SPUP under the control of Albert Rene that introduced violence in Seychelles as a political tool. No other party has used violence as a tool. People must not forget how they terrorised the Seychelles in the late 1960s and early 1970s with bombs exploding all over the place.

SPUP campaigned for Independence using the principles of “ Sesel Pou Seselwa”. However this could not win them a General election; in fact they lost three in a row with the 1974 General Elections being the last. They then decided to alter the game and cheat simply because they had no patience in attempting to win an election; greed and yearning for power was gnawing at them.

Seychelles Democratic Party wins 1970 general election and won 10 of the 15 seats for the Legislative Assembly.
On the 29th of June 1976 Seychelles became independent from Great Britain. And on the 5th of June 1977 the legitimately elected government was overthrown in a coup d’├ętat by an armed gang and Tanzanian soldiers; less than a year after independence. In fact after campaigning for Independence and getting it Albert Rene decided this was not enough; an overthrow of a government he was a part of as prime minister was now their road to riches. This was not an act of an icon but an act under the law of treason.

After the coup of 1977, Rene betrayed the principle of “Sesel Pou Seselwa”. He acquired businesses and properties of Seychellois. He even jailed some without trial. The allegations of torture and even murder will persist until the end of time. The lucky 10,000 or more were exiled to foreign lands. Most definitely not the act of a would be icon and certainly not an act of freedom and justice as they claim. The attempted distortion of the truth and history could be considered a crime in itself.

Albert Rene declared himself President and installed a one-party state communist government and ruled by fear and force. Is this the act of bringing freedom and justice to a nation? If not as surely must be the case, what were the real reasons for the lust for power?

After approximately 15 years of a failed socialist rule the regime was forced by no choice of their own due to the collapse of the Soviet block to usher in a multiple party system. James Michel claims in his book that it was their choice as Seychelles was entering the road of progress; a lie of true narcissistic nature.

The same government remains in power to this day and the claims that they brought freedom, justice, fraternity and equality to this nation is an exempliary example of Orwellian doublespeak; the deliberate distorting and reversing of the meaning of words. This is not the true nature of a real founding fathers. The founding fathers were the first settlers on this shore and true founding fathers do no distort history and the truth in their favour; only narcissts do that.

The blind must be educated and not fooled by the claims of the sitting President as the current freedom denying Public order act is very fresh in ones memory. Freedom is defined as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. That type of real freedom James Michel was afforded before Independence; the denial of the right to assembly by the Public Order act is not freedom Mr President. Your government has failed its people and distorting history and the truth will not hide that fact.

By A.Pierre