The ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero’s Arrest Shows the Fearsome Extent of Kagame’s Control

A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” before leading him out of court in Kigali, Rwanda, Sept. 14, 2020 (AP photo by Muhizi Olivier).
A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” before leading him out of court in Kigali, Rwanda, Sept. 14, 2020 (AP photo by Muhizi Olivier).
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Paul Rusesabagina is best known as a former manager of the upscale Hotel de Mille Collines in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, where he sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the 1994 genocide. He held machete-wielding killers at bay, plying them with beer and bribes, in a story made famous by the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.” A vocal critic of President Paul Kagame’s government, Rusesabagina has lived in self-imposed exile in Belgium and the United States for some 20 years, successfully evading Kagame’s attempts to capture him—until now. Last month, he flew from Chicago to Dubai for […]

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