Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
The topic was Global Warming and Green Energy. The reality was African dictators casually cracking heads and getting away with it.
On the summit’s second day, peaceful demonstrators converged on the swanky Hay Adams Hotel in downtown Washington, where The Gambia’s long-time dictator, Yahya Jammeh, was staying. I actually dropped by early that morning and mixed with the crowd, speaking to many people who had fled the country due to death threats, political persecution, and a generally dreadful — and deteriorating — human rights environment. Confronted by the crowd, Jammeh’s security team assaulted several protesters.
The following day, the team lashed out again, kicking, stomping, and allegedly using brass knuckles against the protesters, including Fatou Camara, a prominent exile and former presidential press secretary. Camara and a colleague were sent to a local hospital for the treatment of a concussion. No arrests were made, and those alleged to have participated in the assault went home to The Gambia under the cloak of diplomatic immunity.
Also during the summit, the security detail of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, was caught on camera attacking Congolese human rights activist Jacques Miango. The video shows a district police officer gently ushering the attacker away, while Miango struggles to get to his feet. I learned later that Miango suffered a concussion and had six teeth knocked out. Again, the attackers will likely avoid prosecution, enjoying the same impunity they so often do in their home country.
The third major incident took place on Thursday, when Swaziland’s Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini publicly threatened to “strangle” two activists.
Maybe they were just taking lessons from how Obama’s SEIU thugs went after Tea Party activists.