On Saturday May 18, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was invited to give the keynote speech at a conference at Oxford University.
Several protestors turned up, some in full military uniform. They ran about Oxford blowing plastic trumpets. They threw eggs and plastic water bottles at the glass-fronted Said Business School while Kagame gave his speech inside. After the speech, students of the business school presented Mr Kagame with the first ever Distinction of Honour for African Growth Award.
|This man told me he was a 'Congolese commando' and 'ex-FAZ' (Congolese army)|
|The protestors described Kagame as the Guest of Horror instead of Guest of Honour'|
|Anti Kagame protestor|
|Kagame quoted lots of statistics in his speech|
Kagame also spoke to Chris McGreal of The Guardian (who met him in Kigali).
|Member of Kagame's security outfit - he was wearing an earpiece and kept scanning the crowd for troublemakers|
|Kagame with his prize|
|Smashed eggs run down the glass front of the Said Business School|
|Mounted police were called in to control the protestors. There were reports of two arrests|
|It was quiet inside the Said Business School|
|This 'commando' wouldn't tell me about his red belt|
|Strategic seats were reserved for Kagame's security team|