How does the African press view the events in front of the Capitol in Washington? “When America does worse than Africa!”, Headlines on a Guinean news site Ledjely.com. Interview with Boubacar Sanso Barry, its publication director and columnist.
RFI: Like many people, you were amazed at the pictures you saw on TV yesterday?
Boubacar Sanso Barry: Yes, I was amazed at what I saw yesterday on national television. That was a misunderstanding for me, even though it was relative considering all the events we have seen since the November 3 US presidential election. But again, it was incomprehensible, especially in the United States, the world’s first democracy.
It is the exemplary character of the United States that is suddenly being questioned.?
Yes, beyond America, perhaps it is the whole of Western democracy that generally serves as a reference that is questioned. And for us, from the point of view of Africans, we may want people to use all of this to join a certain dose of humility, because we generally when these events take place in Africa with many judgments, with many prejudices and with generalizations to say , that it does not work and that in Africa people do not know how to do it, that they are behind. This is what we have seen, this is in the United States, this is the first democracy in the world. These are people who are intelligent in advance, supporters of Donald Trump who gave in to this manipulation.
It’s a bit of a lesson for the donors, you say?
Yes, it’s a bit of a lesson for donors. It would be good if we somehow knew that democracy is not complete, both in the United States and in Africa, and that Africans are not necessarily less intelligent than the Americans than the French, than other people around the world.
After all, do you welcome these tragic events at the Capitol with a touch of a smile??
Yes. We welcome them with a touch of a smile. For example, in the context of Guinea, we are practically coming out of a laborious electoral process, Côte d’Ivoire, it was the same thing. And to be honest with you, when I watched the events yesterday, the first scene I remembered was, on October 30, 2014, in Burkina Faso, protesters had entered the National Assembly to prevent the constitutional amendment that could have given Blaise Compaoré opportunity to offer himself a third period. In Burkina Faso, it was for a good cause to build democracy, while in the United States it was rather to destroy democracy that Trump’s supporters acted.