Analyzing the Impossible to Govern Without Respecting the People Sign
Hand printed in black on a yellow background, this banner is simple, in two languages, and eminently readable. It is held by a pole on either side, much like a scroll.
Fully realizing that pictures can be edited to say something reality did not, may we say we sense great care and respect in the demeanor of the two men. And the sign seems to have been printed freehand, yet thoughtfully. This well designed banner can be easily rolled up for storage for future use.
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The top portion we presume is in Amharic and the bottom in French. It is telling that English was not used. So often we see English when an international press presence is anticipated.
What is it telling? It seems that this protest consisted of just a few people, two of whom we see here. They took to the streets in Paris, 2005, apparently to quietly dissent from the government of Ethiopia.
During the colonization of Africa in the 19th century, only Liberia and Ethiopia remained independent. It was one of but four African countries to join the League of Nations after WWI.
The reign of Haile Selassie, perhaps Ethiopia’s most famous leader, ended in 1974 when it fell to a Soviet-backed military junta to a form of communism.
There was another governmental change, a series of famines in the 1980s and a general collapse of aggressive communism in the world. All conspired to produce anti-communist clashes and the establishment of a new constitution, a bicameral legislature and a judicial system.
Despite this development of a more democratic form of government, Ethiopia is considered to be an authoritarian regime by The Democracy Index. We must assume that is the impetus behind our protesters’ concerns about their home government.
Bright yellow with clear, neat, dark print – handwritten or not – is always an excellent choice for a protest banner. We believe this is a pitch perfect sign for two men out with a few friends to make the French and their fellow countrymen aware of the situation in their homeland as they see it.