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    MAU MAU DIDN T HOLD A CANDLE TO THE BRITS http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1335961,00.html MARK CURTIS, GUARDIAN - British ministers claim to be
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      MAU MAU DIDN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THE BRITS
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1335961,00.html

      MARK CURTIS, GUARDIAN - British ministers' claim to be defending
      civilisation against barbarity in Iraq finds a powerful echo in
      1950s Kenya, when Britain sought to smash an uprising against
      colonial rule. Yet, while the British media and political class
      expressed horror at the tactics of the Mau Mau, the worst abuses
      were committed by the occupiers. The colonial police used methods
      like slicing off ears, flogging until death and pouring paraffin
      over suspects who were then set alight.

      British forces killed around 10,000 Kenyans during the Mau Mau
      campaign, compared with the 600 deaths among the colonial forces and
      European civilians. Some British battalions kept scoreboards
      recording kills, and gave L5 rewards for the first sub-unit to kill
      an insurgent, whose hands were often chopped off to make
      fingerprinting easier. "Free fire zones" were set up, where any
      African could be shot on sight.

      As opposition to British rule intensified, brutal "resettlement"
      operations, which led to the deaths of tens of thousands, forced
      around 90,000 into detention camps. In this 1950s version of Abu
      Ghraib prison in Iraq, forced labor and beatings were systematic and
      disease rampant. Former camp officers described "short rations,
      overwork, brutality and flogging" and "Japanese methods of torture".

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