ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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US Arguments against SDRs

SUPPRESSION OF OPPOSITION The failures of development strategy coupled with ruthless personal dictatorship of Sekou Toure generated a considerable opposition to his regime. Sekou Toure opted to deal with his opponents by suppressing the dissent. Even the former Secretary General of the OAU named, Diallo Telli. was arrested in 1975 in an alleged plot to topple the Toure regime. Continuous harassment of the opposition compelled the regime's opponen's to take asylum in neighbouring states like Senegal and Ivory Coast. Human rights organisations constantly questioned Toure's rule, while Toure tried to answer his critics by raising the bogey of 'complot permenente' (permanent plots). According to this theory. to topple his regime a permanent plot was being hatched "by external reactionaries supported by paralysing manoeuvres of internal reactionaries".6 Due to the state of permanent plo's. Sekou Toure launched innumerable purges and went to the exent of accusing countries such as Ivory Coast, Senegal. Portugal. France. West Germany, and even the Soviet Union and he United States, at different stages, of attempting to top- ple his regime.

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