Paul Rusesabagina From Hero to Terrorist


Xavier Proctor-Floyd, Editor

Known from the famous film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina sheltered around 1200 Tutsi’s from violent Hutus in the 1990s. Now, Rusesabagina is being charged with acts of terrorism, arson, and murder. (times) Rusesabagina has not supported Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame; the two have had political disagreements for years now.

President Kagame’s government has accused Rusesabagina of not only supporting a rebel group, but accused Rusesabagina of being the “Founder, leader, sponsor, and member of violent armed extremist terror outfits” (Rwanda).

This is not the first opponent of President Kagame that has been silenced or arrested for opposing him; many critics who have spoken out against him have been arrested, but Rusesabagina is the most well-known and most powerful. Because of this, many saw the arrest as a political power move to show the power of President Kagame’s government.

Rusesabagina has not released a statement addressing his arrest. He was last seen handcuffed in a black suit wearing a mask entering the Rwanda Investigation Bureau.