20 January 2018, Saturday, 18:28

2013. Bad year for dictators


The number of enemies of freedom will decrease this year.

This opinion is proposed by Die Zeit (Germany), which made a top list of world dictators, populists and autocrats. Belarus’s head Alyaksandr Lukashenka is among them.

Bad times come for dictators. Many of them were ousted, overthrown, killed or tried in the recent years. These events all over the world gave a new hope that people will stand up to get rid of tyrants.

There are still many despots, autocrats and populists in power in many countries. Not all of them are ankle-deep in blood, throw people into jail, torture and kidnap them. But all of them defy the law, manipulate the media, harm democracy and freedom, harass minority groups and incite violence. No one would regret if they quitted voluntary. Almost all of them, if things went in the right way, would appear on the dock.

Besides the Belarusian dictator, Die Zeit has leaders of other countries on the list: Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Bahrain’s Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang.

The list also includes al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

“Some of these people will be deposed in 2013. Let’s hope it will be done without too much bloodshed. It will be a good year,” the authors of the article are confident.