Not wasting any time in making irrational arrests in the wake of their new anti-terror campaign, French authorities have arrested Dieudonne M’bala M’bala — a well known comic known just as Dieudonne — for a Facebook post.
According to Israel’s YNet News, Dieudonne posted, “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” in reference to the three-day terror spree in Paris. That was enough to get him cuffed and booked on the grounds of “defending terrorism.”
This is an historic arrest in the capacity that, equivalent to America’s constitution, or Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, France has their own Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen to guarantee their right to free speech:
“The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely.”
In every sense of the word, nothing could be more hypocritical for French authorities than to arrest a man based on a Facebook post less than a month after their president said “that anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France’s attachment to freedom of speech,” followed by stating, “France has principles and values, in particular freedom of expression.”
“In a tough new crackdown on terrorism, France is going after anyone seen as supporting terror in any form. Scores of people have gone before courts for perceived backing of terrorism or the Paris attackers.” —YNetNew.com.
It’s undeniably a massive double standard.
Should Dieudonne be found guilty at his trial — set for March 18th — is it not fair the artists at Charlie Hebdo get fined for the pictures they drew of Mohammed?
The correct answer is no! No one should ever face punishment for something they say — not in a free society, especially if the statement they’re expressing begins with “I feel like…”
The words “”I feel like” are the words used to verbally express a thought. We’re doomed if we have to think twice before expressing our thoughts in fear of arrest. That’s a fascist state of existence — exactly as Orwell’s 1984 depicted that horrid world — and one that should never be supported.
This scapegoated word “terrorism” is really doing its job in granting the authorities the power to get away with tyranny. Simply said, it’s a scary to think you could be arrested for feeling like something and expressing it. Is it not?
By Olan Thomas of Cut2TheTruth.com.
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