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Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty-Six


Who’s In Charge Here?

by
Alexander M Zoltai

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State-run News Headquarters:

“The rallies being held are not productive of tranquil conditions for the Capital…”

Opposition WebSite:

“The government is using fancy words to hide their corruption…”

Message from the National Unity Group:

“We regret the insincere actions of the Government and abhor the violent nature of the rallies…”

State-run News Headquarters:

“Any further rallies will be met with force—we are not going to let a few rowdy people disturb the smooth operation of public services…”

Opposition WebSite:

“Meet at the River Crossroads football field at 1pm, Saturday…”

Message from the National Unity Group:

“We’re praying for sanity and calm…”

State-run News Headquarters:

“We have no alternative—troops will quell the riot…”

Opposition WebSite (through mobile app):

“Resist with all your might — we must give our all—our lives—for freedom…”

Message from the National Unity Group:

“True liberty isn’t won by violent means—may the two sides see their way clear to engage in productive consultation…”

State-run News Headquarters (sent, encrypted, to troops on the ground):

“Shoot, on sight, all people on street—don’t ask Captains, just shoot…”

Opposition WebSite (through mobile app):

“They’ve killed most of us; plus, hundreds of innocent bystanders—hide in the hills until we can regain our strength…”

Message from the National Unity Group:

“We hereby register condemnation of the Government’s actions—its slaughter of people.
“And, we express concern for the protestors, because of their shortsighted and foolhardy responses to the Government’s actions.
“We’ve obtained a permit for a public gathering at the River Crossroads high school auditorium at 1pm, Saturday. We’ll do all we can to ensure that all parties attend—government representatives, protest leaders, and distressed citizens…
“We’ll be discussing the following topics:
How Can We Find Common Ground.
“How Can We Live in Peace.
“How We Desperately Need Each Other.”

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7 responses to “Friday Story Bazaar ~ Tale Fifty-Six

  1. Jane Watson August 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

    A really great story, and alas so reflective of our times. Let’s hope we can reach a discussion that covers these topics, before it is too late :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 11, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Your comments are very well-received, Jane—I trust your judgement…

      There are such conversations happening; just, not yet quite so public—though, it is going on all over the world………

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  3. dgkaye August 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    A timely story. :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Yes… I hope its message is seen as even more timely…

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      • dgkaye August 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

        Me too. :)

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        • Alexander M Zoltai August 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

          :-)

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