Genocide in Plain Sight: Shooting Bushmen From Helicopters in Botswana

Evans, Lewis
Date Written:  2016-08-25
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19914

In a healthy democracy, people are not shot at from helicopters for collecting food. They are not arrested, stripped bare and beaten while in custody without facing trial. Nor are people banned from their legitimate livelihoods, or persecuted on false pretenses. Sadly in Botswana, southern Africa's much-vaunted ‘beacon of democracy', all of this took place late last month in an incident which has been criminally under-reported. Nine Bushmen were later arrested and subsequently stripped naked and beaten while in custody.

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