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  •  it's very similar to South Africa (3+ / 0-)

    Since South Africa emerged from apartheid, it has made tremendous gains for its people.  Huge numbers of housing were built and made available, at cheap prices, to people who had until then been living in tin shantytowns.  Massive jobs programs pulled many people out of poverty. Wealth was redistributed at a massive rate, downwards.

    And yet much remains.  There are still slums and shantytowns in every city. Crime rates are enormously high, as desperate people do what they must to stay alive. Unemployment and underemployment are still massive problems. Corruption permeates the government and the police (ask me sometime about how I bribed a South African cop).

    Because of that, there are protests and demonstrations in Pretoria every weekend. Cops move in, heads get cracked.

    But that does not mean the protesters want an end to the government. It means they want their government to WORK.

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