RIM (Rovens Independent Media)
Release: Friday, July 19th, 302 AP.

One year aniversary of Penyassa assassination

Today marks the one-year aniversary of the assassination of Rhosei Penyassa,
the popular Pataki communist hardliner. Protests were felt nationwide as
dissatisfaction in the government continues.

They came in their thousands, to the city of Kpotha, from all corners of the
country's diverse ethnicities: Guwimithian, Guidarman, Kpothan, Utani and
Pataki. Police estimate that 65,000 were there. All were united in their grief,
in their solemn respect for a man assassinated, police say, by General
Keralski, former head of the country's defence forces.

It was one year ago today that one of the chief architects of the Pataki
Communist state was brutally slain in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.
Rhosei Penyassa was a popular, hardline communist who acted as the rebel
state's foreign minister in his latter days, having personally lead the
economic development of the Pataki state.

And today, the people outside the region paid their respects. They heard
Penyassa's recorded speeches, heard his communist deputies and masters tell of
the character and sharp intellect of the man who forged a nation out of a
rebellion.

A straw poll showed that most had stronger sympathies for the communist state
after the assassination and after President Weissman's anti-communist policies.
As such, a protest rally was held after the mourning, protesting against
government policy, against the depression, and against the government's
antogonistic policies against the communist rebellion.

This was reflected nationwide, with over 350,000 protesting quietly in the
country's capital, Haastadt. Police had been preparing for some days for this,
and were in force in all major cities.

Many reflected on where they were on the day the nation changed, or on
President K'yonte, on the two weeks of violence and protests that followed the
assassination. Many mourned the aniversary as that of their loved ones killed
in the protests that followed, and some even contemplated the demise of the
country's first democratic leader.

President K'yonte spent the weeks leading up to the day refusing to give
interviews, and stayed away from the quiet vigils and protests. While remaining
a member of the National Assembly, the former President is said to be bitter
about his enforced impromptu departure.

All expressed anger toward General Keralski and a desire to see "justice done".

The General, for his part, has been living the past six months in a military
prison cell, awaiting a human rights trial for his alleged part in the killing.
He has since remained silent, not even entering a plea.


©RIM, 302 AP.
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