I was wondering where would be the best location for a School of Dictatorship. I thought of Africa , Mideast or South America. I am looking for a city where dictatorship is real and clear. I thought of Tripoli (Libya) or Pyongyang (N Korea) or Tehran or Damascus. In such cities we will never have problems staffing the school with the best professors and all degrees can be awarded.
But all of the sudden the situation in Egypt came out with a massive uprising against dictatorship. Then new and effective methods to preserve dictatorship where played out by the Egyptian regime. Such brilliant tactics should form the curriculum for Dictatorship 101.
First, to kill an uprising use massive police power. This might cause casualties and one has to watch international media's reaction and tone down the campaign if you are condemned. If the resistance is stronger and police force didn't help, stop and keep low profile for a day or two. Then do 2 things to make sure demonstrators go home and leave the streets.
First pull out the police force and close all police stations and send all police officers home. Create a scary feeling of insecurity so the demonstrators concerns about their homes exceed their desire to demonstrate. If that doesn't work the do this : ask police officers to wear their civil cloths and take knifes and guns and start breaking into homes. Make sure when you break into a house, the wife cries and call the son or the husband who is demonstrating in the square.
You can also do this : Let one female police officer call a TV channel and cries and shout : I am a housewife under threat by thieves and criminals who are looting every thing in the house. This will scare the demonstrators and show the public that if the president go your security is lost. You can also resort to a real strong tool. Release all criminals from jails and ask them to go straight for stealing and looting. This will scare the people in the square and every one will go running to his home.
In case that all doesn't work and you are no longer able to use police force due to world pressure do this : ask your security officers to dress again in civil cloths and go out as demonstrators supporting the president. Let them hit for the square. To show that this is purely people against people and to give these police officers an upper hand , let them ride camels, horses and donkeys and kick out the demonstrators out of the square. Make sure a truck load of stones is included in the fleet so camel and donkey riders can use against demonstrators.
Now that you created the ultimate encounter : Facebook and Twitter-orgnized young people against an army of donkey and camel riders. Donkeys and camels are face-to-face with Facebookers and twitters. Donkeys in the square my like the Idea of twitting and may change side.
Hamad S Alomar
Peace Loving Saudi Citizen