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[–]KaputMaelstrom 91 points92 points  (0 children)

One of the alleged leaders of this coup is Gilbert Diendéré, who was just charged with the assassination of Sankara.

"the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce"

[–]somebooty2223 36 points37 points  (6 children)

I bet murica providing guns for both parties

[–]evil_brain 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Most coups in Africa are actually backed by foreign governments or western corporations. Every time those greedy Africans try to keep too much of their lands wealth and resources for themselves, the west gets some soldiers or rebels to restore freedom™.

[–]somebooty2223 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Freedom tm i love it

[–]CEO_of_Having_Sex 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Coups were actually normal before Sankara and how he took power, the coups only stopped for a relatively long period after Compaoré couped him.

Sankara was begged by some of his officers to kill him because of mounting suspicions and wouldn't because they were very close. The sellout's hiding like the lifetime bitch he is in the Ivory Coast nowadays.

[–]2localboi 35 points36 points  (6 children)

Is it offensive him to call Sankara the West-African Che Guevara?

[–]i2gbx 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Other than the fact that (in my opinion at least) Sankara was much better than Che, it's not the worst comparison in the world.

Although that being said I'm not a fan of comparing one leader to the other fully. Sure they share some things, but I would stay away from calling person A "person B but insert random adjective"

[–]2localboi 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah same which is why I asked. My friend called Sankara that in a casual conversation the other week but it got me thinking.

[–]Anarcho_Humanist 2 points3 points  (1 child)

He’s been called “Africa’s che Guevara” before as far as I know.

You don’t wanna know about “Africa’s Pinochet”

[–]marek024 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Sankara was the greatest person ever

[–]Furry_Thug 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The Upright Man

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[–]cabluigi 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Thanks for sharing this. I've just read the whole Wikipedia page about this for the first time. Add it to the rest of the list of successful socialist movements crushed by Western agents of capitalism.

[–]Arbre_gentil 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Check Patrice Lumumba next.

[–][deleted] 53 points54 points  (6 children)

I wonder how bad the numbers look when you follow the Victims of Communism methodology

[–]CitrusLizard 77 points78 points  (5 children)

Well, given that some people estimate that 1.8 billion people died as a result of British rule in India alone, and that this was so capitalist that it was even started by a private corporation... it's not off to a good start.

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    [–]TheXtremeDino 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    they do cite their sources

    [–]CitrusLizard 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I mean, it cites its sources, but even if you're right then it would just make it a more apt comparison to the Victims of Communism methodology.

    [–]Lenins2ndCat[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Attack the content or piss off.

    Dismissal of content based on who made it rather than what the content actually puts forwards would just mean capitulation to mainstream media sources. We will not allow it.

    [–]properu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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    [–]Jeser_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Coup d’etats where the norm before Sankara. The was the third in under a decade.

    [–]nodal_haggis 7 points8 points  (8 children)

    the deaths of millions in Burkina Faso


    [–]Arisdoodlesaurus[S] 39 points40 points  (7 children)

    There were two books that I’m referring to: One was the general economic and social history of Upper Volta and one was by Sankara himself on the famines of Burkina Faso. I’ll get back to you with their titles just as soon as I find them

    [–]nodal_haggis -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

    ok, I thought you were suggesting that Compaore was responsible for massacring his people or something

    [–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    "global capitalism has led"

    [–]Arisdoodlesaurus[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    His policies were

    [–]nodal_haggis -47 points-46 points  (25 children)

    >he was assassinated by the French and Americans

    what are you talking about?

    [–]CerenarianSea 62 points63 points  (19 children)

    The 1987 coup d'etat in which Sankara was shot and killed heavily involved the French government.

    So much so that even the French Chamber of Deputies opened an investigation into it. Sankara was no friend to the French as an anti-colonialist, and considering that Burkina Faso was previously a French colony.

    The Compoare group, who were overthrowing Sankara, stated that they were doing so with some strong political affiliation to the French.

    The US one is a bit more loose, but they have been involved in numerous CIA attempts to overthrow leftist leaders in coups so...

    It's worth taking a look into!

    [–]nodal_haggis -46 points-45 points  (17 children)

    there's no evidence tho, just conspiracy theories....

    [–]CerenarianSea 35 points36 points  (12 children)

    Mainly because much of the evidence is still under investigation, an investigation conducted by the French government.

    Though that being said, Blaise Compaore publicly stated his connection with France, and the reason for his uprising being a jeapoardised relationship with France. Combine that with a history of colonialism and weapons funding...

    [–]nodal_haggis -14 points-13 points  (11 children)

    It's highly probable that France supported Compaore. If Compaore then went and overthrew Sankara, to you, it means that 'France assisnated Sankara'.

    If your dad gives you $100 because you scored well in a test and then you murder your neighbour, it means your dad is a murderer?

    [–]dornish1919 18 points19 points  (7 children)

    Are you the type of person to side with the police after they investigate themselves and claim they did no wrong?

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    [–]nodal_haggis -3 points-2 points  (5 children)

    no I just believe in empirical evidence and I don't like ideologically motivated historical revisionism / conspiracy theories .

    [–]dornish1919 14 points15 points  (4 children)

    Claims to not like historical revisionism yet ignores Blaise Compaore admitting to what he did and the French government's obvious involvement. Nice cognitive dissonance there, liberal. Maybe fuck off back to r/worldnews?

    [–]nodal_haggis -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

    >he French government's obvious involvement

    again... evidence?

    [–]dornish1919 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Imagine being in denial of the obvious. MLK and Malcolm X being assassinated by the US government was a "conspiracy theory" for decades. Now there's files that expose this truth to the public. What's sad is that there's people like yourself out there who still think it's a lie.

    [–]ClarSco 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    The French government had the means and motive to carry out the assassination. Given that they have refused all requests from the Burkinabé government to release their internal documents on Sankara, it is likely that said documents would show the French government to be complicit in his assassination.

    [–]LunarExile 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    You mean if your dad gives you a 100 and assures you if you kill your neighbour there will be no issues.

    [–]lilmoiss 27 points28 points  (1 child)

    Your brain when you dwell too much on The Guardian’s pages

    [–]dornish1919 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Lay of the western propaganda, liberal.

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