Who are the enemies of the people?

thus spoke Sankara in 1983

“The enemies of the people inside the country are all those who have taken advantage of their social position and their place in the bureaucracy to enrich themselves illicitly. In this way, through manoeuvres, through graft, and through forged documents, they find themselves corporate shareholders,, they find themselves financing some company, they find themselves seeking approval for this or that company…

[They] are also that section of the bourgeoisie that enriches itself dishonestly through fraud and bribery, through the corruption of state officials, so that they can bring into Upper Volta all kinds of products, whose prices have been multiplied tenfold…

The enemies of the people are also the politicians who travel throughout the countryside only at election time.”

 

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