Similarly, Another Case In Which Social Control Is Interpreted

1251 WordsApr 3, 20176 Pages
Similarly, another case in which social control is interpreted as a response to ethnical conflict occurred in Rwanda, a country located in East Africa. According to international law specialist John Quigley, Rwanda was “probably the most concentrated mass killings ever seen” (Jones 2011 Page 346). In twelve weeks, approximately one million Tutsi, and tens of thousands of Hutus were murdered. About 80 percent of victims were caught in the “hurricane of death” between the second week of April and the third week of May. Gerard Pruiner notes that “if we consider that probably around 800,000 people were slaughtered during this short period… the daily killing rate was at least 5 times that of the Nazi Death Camps” (Jones, 2011 Page 346). As…show more content…
Furthermore, in 1962 when Rwanda gained interdependence, the Hutu community gradually came into power, forcing around 120,000 people, mostly Tutsis to be taken as refugees in neighbouring states (Jones 2011). An incident that occurred on April 6 1994 led the Hutus to express grievance against the Tutsis population in Rwanda. The death of the Rwandan president caused by a rocket attack ignited weeks of massacres between the Tutsis and Hutus. As a result, the Hutu population of Rwanda attempted to rid the entire Tutsi population. Within an hour of the plane crash, the Presidential Guard, along with armed forced and Hutu militia groups known as Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi assembled road blocks in the streets of Rwanda and began the Tutsis. A political vacuum erupted following April 7th after the Hutu Prime Minister and 10 of her Belgian bodyguards were killed (Jones 2011). The massacre began in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Hutu extremists set up road blocks, and everyone passing through was forced to flash their identity cards. Those who were Tutsi were killing either machetes, clubs and other lethal weapons. Over the next several days even week, violence erupted. The government of Rwanda had the names and addresses of each citizen living in Rwanda which resulted in Hutu killings showing up at the doors of the Tutsis and slaughtering all men, women
Open Document