Congo Watch: Petition calling for MONUC to arrest Laurent Nkunda - Gandhi Salt March: 1930 (Update 1: Nkunda arrested)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Petition calling for MONUC to arrest Laurent Nkunda - Gandhi Salt March: 1930 (Update 1: Nkunda arrested)

A few months ago, I signed a petition calling for MONUC to arrest Laurent Nkunda. I signed the petition because I am against people using violence to get what they want. As stated in my blogs many times before, my political compass is that of the late great Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi's great Salt March (see here below) was far more powerful than any army. Who knows if petitioning works? It's worth a try. It's not right that criminal law does not apply to everybody.

Here is a copy of an email received today:
Thank you for signing this petition !!!

Dear signer of the petition:
Thank you for supporting calls to end  impunity, sexual violence, and other war crimes in the Democratic Republic Of Congo.
Our records show that you're one of the 1027 people who have already signed the on going petition calling for the Mission of the UN in Congo (MONUC) to immediately arrest the war crminal Nkunda now.
Please help us to inform other people regarding this campaign by forwarding the petition to at least 10  friends and acquaintances and kindly ask them to do the same thing after signing the petition also.

Again we sincerely thank you to signing this petition and for sending it to your friends and acquaintances.
Merci d'avoir signé cette pétiti 

Cher signataire de la pétition:
Merci de soutenir les appels à mettre fin à l'impunité, la violence sexuelle, et d'autres crimes de guerre en République démocratique du Congo.
Nos informations indiquent que vous êtes l'une des 1027 personnes qui ont déjà signé la pétition en cours, qui appelle à la Mission de l'ONU au Congo (MONUC) à arrêter immédiatement la guerre de Nkunda crminal maintenant.
S'il vous plaît, aidez-nous à informer d'autres personnes au sujet de cette campagne en envoyant la pétition au moins à 10 amis/connaissances et leur demander de bien vouloir faire la même choseaprès avoir signé la pétition également.

Encore une fois, nous vous remercions sincèrement d'avoir signé cette pétition et de l'envoyer à vos amis et connaissances.

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Gandhi Salt March: 1930


Mahatma Gandhi's biographer, Louis Fischer, once said that his greatness "lay in doing what everyone could do but doesn't". Gandhi's Salt March to Dandi in 1930 can be examined as a version of this message (Source: A Living Sermon/Tom Weber)

On 12th March 1930 Mahatma Gandhi, then aged 61, started walking from Sabarmati Ashram with a band of 78 handpicked volunteers. Their destination was a beachhead 241 miles to the south, Dandi. On the 5th of April 1930, when Mahatma Gandhi and his band of followers reached Dandi, thousands had joined him en-route; the eyes of the world were riveted on this tiny and as yet insignificant beachside village in South Gujarat.

The Salt March is today worldwide acknowledged as the one event that shook the British Empire to its core. The year 2005 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Great Salt March.

To commemorate this historic event on an international scale the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation proposed to organise a re-enactment of the Salt March. Click here for a report of the Salt March Event. (Source:

Gandhi Salt March: 1930

Photo: Gandhi on the Salt March. The Salt Satyagraha was a campaign of non-violent protest against the British salt tax in colonial India which began with the Salt March to Dandi on March 12, 1930. It was the first act of organized opposition to British rule after Purna Swaraj, the declaration of independence by the Indian National Congress. Mahatma Gandhi led the Dandi march from his Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi, Gujarat to make salt tax free, with growing numbers of Indians joining him along the way. When Gandhi broke the salt laws in Dandi at the conclusion of the march on April 6, 1930, it sparked large scale acts of civil disobedience against the British Raj salt laws by millions of Indians. (Photo/caption source: Wikipedia)
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Birth place of Mahatma Gandhi

Birth place of Mahatma Gandhi

Porbandar on India's west coast is famous for being the birthplace of India's independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Sadly, many of Gandhi's dreams have disappeared.

There is another facet of Gandhi's vision which has disappeared from the land of his birth.

He believed in economic self-reliance, with the village as the centre of economic production.

That ideal appears to have disappeared in the smoke that belches out of the cement and soda-ash factories that dot Porbandar.
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The Pebble Pond

Pebble Pond

Extract from a piece by Gandhi's grandaughter:
"I was once told by my mother, who along with Father spent all her life working for nonviolent change, that there is a big difference between throwing a pebble in a pond and throwing a big rock. The pebble causes gentle ripples that go a long way. The rock makes a big splash that quickly disappears."
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Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Source: Gandhi photos/text from the archives of my personal blog ME AND OPHELIA
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UPDATE 23 January 2009: Laurent Nkunda arrested

"Ex-general" Laurent Nkunda was arrested on Thursday, January 22 at 2230 hours while he was fleeing on Rwandan territory after he had resisted our troops at Bunagana with three battalions," a Congolese-Rwandan official statement said.

Source: BBC report published 06:34 GMT, Friday, 23 January 2009:
DR Congo rebel leader 'arrested'

Gen Laurent Nkunda, the leader of the main rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says.

He was arrested as he fled into Rwanda while trying to resist a joint Rwandan-Congolese military operation, the operation's joint command said.

Some 3,500 Rwandan troops crossed the border to help Congolese forces disarm Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels there.
Gen Nkunda has been leading the rival CNDP Tutsi insurgency.

"The joint operations command... informs the public that the ex-general Laurent Nkunda was arrested on Thursday, January 22 at 2230 hours while he was fleeing on Rwandan territory after he had resisted our troops at Bunagana with three battalions," a Congolese-Rwandan official statement said.

Gen Nkunda is being detained in Rwanda, and is expected to be handed over to Congolese authorities soon, the BBC's Karen Allen reports from Goma in DR Congo's North Kivu province.

The CNDP launched a major offensive in August, which displaced more than a quarter of a million people in North Kivu and raised fears of a wider regional war.

Gen Nkunda and his group says they are fighting to protect the Tutsi community from attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels based in DR Congo, some of whom are accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide.

The Congolese government has often promised to stop the Hutu forces from using its territory, but has not done so.

However, others see the CNDP as a Rwandan proxy and the biggest reason why DR Congo is yet to benefit from landmark elections in 2006 intended to draw a line under decades of conflict.

Human rights group have accused CNDP forces, along with those of the government, of numerous killings, rapes and torture.

Talks in Kenya aimed at ending the conflict became deadlocked last month, with UN mediator Olusegun Obasanjo complaining that the CNDP's negotiators lacked the authority to make concessions.
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Snapshot of Google's newsreel 23 January 2009 19:00 hrs GMT

DR Congo warlord Laurent Nkunda seized by Rwandan army, United Kingdom - 54 minutes ago
A rebel leader who inflicted misery on the Democratic Republic of Congo, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, has been arrested after losing ...

Congo rebel arrest offers a glimmer of hope, United Kingdom - 2 hours ago
David Blair says that the arrest of Laurent Nkunda is a genuinely optimistic moment for Congo and central Africa. By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor Laurent ...

Questions, answers about Congo rebel leader
The Associated Press - 2 hours ago
The surprise arrest of Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda by his former Rwandan allies raises many questions. Here are some answers. ...

Congolese rebel general calls himself man of peace
The Associated Press - 4 hours ago
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gen. Laurent Nkunda is a career soldier who describes himself as a man of peace and Christ. But his force's reputation for killing ...

UN special envoy: Nkunda's arrest not to affect mediation in DR Congo
Xinhua, China - 4 hours ago
LAGOS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua)-- The arrest of DR Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda does not in any way affect the work of the United Nation, Special Envoy on ...

Video: Nkunda arrested in Rwanda; Kinshasa demands extradition
france24english - 4 hours ago
IN THE FIELD: Congolese Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has been arrested in Rwandan territory by the Rwandan army. The former army general, ... Show video

Video: An alliance between congolese and rwandan armies
france24english - 4 hours ago
WEB NEWS: The Congolese and Rwandan armies had realized a military operation against the Hutu rebels. The Brazilian blogosphere identify for Gaza habitants. Show video

Profile: Laurent Nkunda, UK - 5 hours ago
Laurent Nkunda, the Congolese warlord with a penchant for sunglasses and crisp uniforms, is generally described as a "rogue general" but experts, ...

Rwanda: why former military hero was disowned after rampages in Congo, UK - 5 hours ago
Laurent Nkunda: had become an embarrassment to Kigali Photograph: AP Tony Blair happened to be in Rwanda at the time the Tutsi rebel general, Laurent Nkunda ...

Video: Former Rwandan allies arrest Tutsi leader Nkunda - 23 Jan 09
AlJazeeraEnglish - 5 hours ago
Rwanda and Congo have announced the arrest in Rwandan territory of Laurent Nkunda, the Congolese Tutsi rebel leader, during a joint military operation on ... Show video

Congo rebel chief arrest: Your views
BBC News, UK - 5 hours ago
Gen Laurent Nkunda, leader of the strongest rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested in Rwanda. He crossed the border after ...

Nkunda's spectacular fall
BBC News, UK - 6 hours ago
By Peter Greste By almost any measure, it has been a spectacular reversal of fortune for General Laurent Nkunda. Two weeks ago, he was widely regarded as ...

DR Congo seeks stability in cooperation with neighboring countries
Xinhua, China - 6 hours ago
by Xiao Lingjun NAIROBI, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Battered by domestic conflicts, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are seeking cooperation with its ...

Congolese Rebel Leader Nkunda Captured in Rwanda
Bloomberg - 6 hours ago
By Franz Wild Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo renegade General Laurent Nkunda, who led a rebellion against the government that extended ...

DR Congo requests extradition of Nkunda from Rwanda
AFP - 7 hours ago
KINSHASA (AFP) — The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo want Rwanda to extradite Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who they have captured and ...

Profile: Laurent Nkunda, the Tutsi rebel leader toppled from power, United Kingdom - 8 hours ago
News of the arrest in Rwanda of Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda confirms a spectacular reversal of fortune for the former general, who only months ago was ...

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy - 8 hours ago
(AGI) - Kinshasa, Jan. 23 - The leader of the Congolese Tutsi rebels, general Laurent Nkunda, was arrested last night in Rwanda, as announced by the chief ...

Analysis: 'Butcher of Kisangani' Laurent Nkunda seems to have lost ...
Times Online, UK - 8 hours ago
Depending on who you talk to, General Laurent Nkunda has either spent four years protecting his Tutsi tribemates from Hutu genocidaires or he is a ...

Los Angeles Times, CA - 10 hours ago
A joint Rwanda-Congo force converged Thursday on Nkunda's stronghold in the Congolese town of Bunagana on the Ugandan border, said Capt. ...

Rebel Leader Nkunda Arrested in Rwanda
Washington Post, United States - 11 hours ago
Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda was arrested in Rwandan territory after he tried to resist a joint Rwandan-Congolese military operation in eastern Congo, ...

Congo rebel leader arrested in Rwanda
International Herald Tribune, France - 12 hours ago
HONG KONG: Laurent Nkunda, the feared and flamboyant Congolese rebel leader, was apprehended Friday by a joint force of Rwandan and Congolese army troops, ...

Concerns Grow in DRC as Joint Operation With Rwanda Continues
Voice of America - 20 hours ago
By Derek Kilner Rwandan and Congolese troops are trying to disarm a Rwandan-Hutu militia in a joint operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. ...

Congo says Rwandans could open fire on militias
eTaiwan News, Taiwan - 22 hours ago
By EDDY ISANGO AP AP Rwandan troops deploying in Congo this week are part of an effort to peacefully demobilize Rwandan militias, but they will fight if ...

Kabila decision to embrace Rwanda angers Congolese
AFP - Jan 22, 2009
KINSHASA (AFP) — President Joseph Kabila's decision to allow Rwandan troops into eastern DR Congo for a joint military operation to rid the region of armed ...

Bloody history, unhappy future

Economist, UK - Jan 22, 2009
NO ONE doubts the scale of the war in Congo. Ten African countries dispatched troops there in 1998. Two, Uganda and Rwanda, were trying to overthrow their ...

UN force demands role in Congo anti-rebel push
Reuters - Jan 22, 2009
By John Kanyunyu GOMA, Congo, Jan 22 (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeepers in Congo demanded on Thursday to be given a role in joint military operations ...

Rwandan, Congolese troops heading for Nkunda stronghold
AFP - Jan 22, 2009
RUTSHURU, DR Congo (AFP) — Congolese and Rwandan troops in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo are on Thursday heading towards the stronghold of Tutsi ...

UN peacekeepers not involved in military offensive against armed ...
Xinhua, China - Jan 21, 2009
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The joint military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against a Hutu militia does not involve UN ...

UN: Rwandan troops in Congo for joint operation
CNN International - Jan 21, 2009
(CNN) -- Rwandan troops have crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo to prepare for a joint operation with Congolese forces against a Hutu militia, ...

The World
TIME - Jan 21, 2009
By Harriet Barovick Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 1 | Congo Cooperation Amid Chaos Nearly 1500 Rwandan troops have joined the Congolese army to hunt down Hutu ...

Christian Science Monitor Will Rwandan troops help in Congo?


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