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IS 200, Fall 2000

A semi-developed country

One-man dictatorship, condemned by developed countries for human rights violations as well as lack of democracy

Country holds elections

The government contends that they did not lose the election, but the rest of the world believes that the elections were rigged in favor of the government

Immediately after the elections, people take to the streets, overturning and burning police vehicles, and attacking governmental buildings



How do we react to this situation?

How do we act towards the dictator and his government?  Do we demand that they turn over power to the opposition?

How do we react to the protestors overturning police cars?

How do our newspapers cover it?  How do they frame the issues?

What country are we talking about?

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