The news of the forthcoming “duelling protests” is surely not designed to make anyone happy. Only the most partisan members of the most fervent political groups can find satisfaction in a race to see which faction can organise the bigger march.
Two successive Saturdays of mass gridlock, inconvenience and political posturing is no service to the country. Vital parts of the nation are showing signs of crumbling. None are sadder or more important than in the deep South.
Since the political crisis began late last year, the situation in the three southernmost provinces has spiralled almost out of control. Killings are more gruesome, distrust of authority is arguably at an all-time high. While the army’s top generals fret over a couple of quirky statements from obscure fringe players in the North, real separatists have made major gains in the South.
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