Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Democracy War: Spring of 67

Early 1967- a “war against democracy” proved to be highly contentious, with King Michael's critics charging that the war had been exploited by the monarchy to pursue long-standing policy objectives. Critics wrote in newspapers noted that “democracy” is not an enemy, but a tactic; calling it a war that obscures differences between conflicts.

Further criticism maintained that the Democracy War provided a framework for open-ended goals that would produce a state of endless conflict. King Michael made a pledge that the Democracy War would not stop until every terrorist group in the country was founded and defeated. However, the Democracy War was criticized as aiding terrorist recruitment, increased the likelihood of attacks against Kemet, and creating a climate of fear.

In the later half of the war, King Michael suspended all democratic power in all local governments and gave all authority to the Head City Councilperson, Town Mayor or Village Chieftain whom would protect King Michael's best interest. Right after, the king ordered the burning of books that dealt with democracy. From there, the king added pro-monarchy and anti-democratic propaganda in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and at movie theaters. On the ground, the Kemet military did bombings on towns, raids on villages, and mass arrests in cities on the Nyeusi Mkono.

Though some people were against the king's actions, these "new" tactics would set the Nyeusi Mkono on their heels.