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January 27, 2010

It could be worse.

News and whatnot.

Everyone's been complaining recently about our politics and government, from both ends of the political spectrum. But then I heard this story on NPR this morning and it brought home how good we have it compared to people in lots of places. Basically: in the wake of the presidential election in Sri Lanka, the losing candidate is all but imprisoned in his hotel. There's no transcript for the NPR story, but from a similar Voice of America piece:

A Sri Lankan military spokesman said government troops have surrounded the central Colombo hotel where General Fonseka is staying. The spokesman said there are about 400 people, including army deserters, who gathered at the hotel after the election in support of the general.

General Fonseka released a statement Wednesday saying he believes his life is in danger. The general said he is appealing to the Sri Lankan Inspector General of Police to intervene in the situation and allow him safe passage out of the hotel.

People who lose elections here generally aren't surrounded by troops or in fear for their lives. Let's be thankful for that, and make sure it stays that way.

Posted by Kat at January 27, 2010 01:00 PM
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