Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ingabire's Lawyer Arrested In The Netherlands

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's Dutch Laywer Jan Hofdijk was arrested in the Netherlands while talking about Ingabire's case to Dutch national radio NOS. While explaining how Kagame's regime fabricates evidence and use this against Ingabire and others,  he was arrested by a local cop who saw that he drove through a red light (150 euro's ) and possibly using his phone while driving (an additional 150 euro's).

Jan Hofdijk explains that the staff of the  UDF-Inkingi is multi-ethnic and she has allways worked towards mutual understanding between Rwanda's tribes.

Over the last year I have consistently  noticed biased contempt on the part of many anglosaxon bloggers and journalists against Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. journalists refused to interview her for a very long time. Some went further and accused Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza of playing the "ethnic card" or playing in the hands of some "Hutu power movement" (Gourevitch). Lets collect the allegations against her. Some anglosaxon bloggers that claim to be critical of Paul Kagame's RPF have been instrumental in shaping the image of Ingabire as a politician who plays the "ethnic card".

Critical observations and asking hard questions is off course important for any blogger or journalists, but what we have seen here is contempt and lack of interest. The claim that Ingabire's statement at her visit to the genocide memorial was a mistake does not do. To me she had no choice.

2 comments:

Ann Garrison said...

CP, could you rewrite this just a bit to make sure we understand what happened? I.e., was he talking about Ingabire's case on the phone, while driving, when he was arrested?

Who was he talking to? Press?

Has he been released?

Also, how is this Dutch lawyer representing her, given that she is in a Rwandan police cell? In what court?

ColoredOpinions said...

He is her Dutch Lawyer, as he represented himself on Dutch radio. He was "arrested" while he drove through a red light. This is not "worldnews", just something I noticed on Dutch national radio.