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World Rwanda: arrest of a controversial YouTuber

13:28  16 february  2021
13:28  16 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Rwanda among the countries which repress their opponents the most abroad

 Rwanda among the countries which repress their opponents the most abroad © SIA KAMBOU / AFP Rwandan President Paul Kagame (photo illustration). This is what affirms a report by the American NGO Freedom House published this week Thursday, February 4 on the rise of repression in the world which lists Rwanda alongside China, Russia, Iran or even from Saudi Arabia. With our correspondent in Kigali, Laure Broulard Digital threats, use of spyware, intimidation of relatives back home, and even assassinations.

Au Rwanda, un bus de la police (image d'illustration). © Rwandan Police In Rwanda, a police bus (illustration image).

He is a controversial figure on Rwandan social media. The very critical Yvonne Idamange was arrested this Monday in Kigali. In a country where freedom of expression is quite limited, the YouTuber finds herself accused of inciting public disorder and resisting arrest, injuring a police officer.

With our correspondent in Kigali, Laure Broulard

In her first video published a fortnight ago, Yvonne Idamange presents herself as a survivor of the genocide of the Tutsis living in Kigali. With a bible placed prominently beside her, she mainly criticizes the measures to fight the coronavirus put in place by the government and their economic consequences on the Rwandan population. She assures us that she cannot remain silent while her compatriots suffer, and goes so far as to call on the country's generals to free the Rwandans.

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Tens of thousands of views

His videos quickly totaled tens of thousands of views and hundreds of comments. Yvonne Idamange quickly drew support from a party, the opposition in exile , but also criticism from many Rwandan internet users, some even calling for her arrest. Last week, the National Commission against Genocide cited its name on national radio after issuing a statement warning of cases of denial and incitement to hatred on social media.

Very virulent video

This Monday, shortly before her arrest, she had published a last very virulent video in which she assures that President Paul Kagame would have been dead for a long time. A false rumor regularly relayed on social networks. The police statement says her videos are a mixture of politics, madness and criminal talk and that she injured an officer with a bottle during her arrest.

Rwanda. French justice seized of the leak of genocidaires allowed in 1994 .
© Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP This telegram, unveiled by Mediapart and consulted by AFP on February 15, was found in the archives of an adviser to President François Mitterrand . Associations and survivors of the genocide in Rwanda are asking French justice for new investigations after the discovery of a telegram.

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