Propaganda Spewed From The Capital

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For the next two years leading up to April 6, 1994, propaganda spewed from the capital. Tactics were used to create suspicion, stir up fear of another attack by the FPR and unite the Hutus under a common hatred for the Tutsis. The government was propagating a campaign: the “aim both to win over the uncommitted and to cause divisions among supporters of the other point of view. They must persuade the public that the adversary stands for war, death, slavery, repression, injustice, and sadistic cruelty” (Liebhafsky, D. F., Longman, T. P., & Rone, J., 1999). “The Hutu extremists promoted their anti-Tutsi agenda...via newspapers and radio stations” (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2016). The government used newspapers, such as the…show more content…
The following day, Prime Minister of Rwanda, Agathe Uwilingiyimana was assassinated, as she was a moderate Hutu. Moderate Hutus, Hutus who opposed or did not support the regime in Rwanda, Hutus or foreigners who had business or personal relationships with Tutsis, unemployed people, and all Tutsis were considered the enemy of the government of Rwanda. Militia members the Rwandan Army began attacks all across Rwanda with efficiency, first starting in Kigali and the northwestern city of Gisenyi. “By Monday, April 11, an estimated 20,000 Rwandans had been slain, the vast majority of them Tutsi. But… many Hutu also feared for their lives…” (Liebhafsky, D. F., Longman, T. P., & Rone, J., 1999). Nowhere was safe. “At first assailants generally operated in small bands and killed their victims where they found them, in their homes, on the streets, at the barriers. But, as early as the evening of April 7, larger groups seized the opportunity for more intensive slaughter as frightened Tutsi—and some Hutu—fled to churches, schools, hospitals, and government offices that had offered refuge in the past” (1999). There the killers found thousands of Tutsi men, women, and children, and killed, raped, and tortured them. “From April 11 to the first of May, killers carried out the most devastating massacres of the genocide, in some cases slaying hundreds or even thousands of people in one or two days” (1999). Liebhafsky, D. F., Longman, T. P., & Rone, J. go
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