BRUSSELS — Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday urged compatriots living in exile to return home to better economic times though the country has still to recover from the 1994 genocide. "If those who left returned they would see the country is doing better than when they left and that they are not doing as well as previously," Kagame said in an interview to the daily Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique. The leader of a country viewed as one of Africa's economic success stories flew into Belgium this week for a forum on development and while in Brussels met some 2,000 members of the Rwandan diaspora.
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“Kagame! Murderer! Kagame! Murderer!” Hundreds of Rwandans and Congolese demonstrated in Brussels the last few of days. They were angry that President Paul Kagame was invited to the European capital. But the demonstration was in vain – Brussels and Kigali remain close friends. “The president of Rwanda is a criminal”, said Paul Rusesabagina, the famous manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines who was among the demonstrators gathered on Albertina square in Brussels. “It is a disgrace that the European Union welcomes Kagame. The UN charge him with war crimes in Eastern Congo. We want to wake up the international community.”
President Paul Kagame, last weekend in Brussels, met with more than 2500 members of the Rwandan diaspora living across Europe. While addressing them, he advised that they should be good ambassadors, who speak the truth about their country and disregard the lies propagated by Rwanda's detractors. Rwandans know, more than anyone else, what the new Rwanda represents, having experienced, firsthand, the brutality and discriminatory practices of the previous regimes.
Over 2500 Rwandans from across Western Europe at Gathering 4 December 2010 President Kagame on Saturday evening met with Rwandans from several European cities in Brussels at a festive gathering that comes four years since his last visit to Belgium. President Kagame is on a working visit to Brussels and will on Monday attend the fifth edition of the European Development Days. Addressing nearly 2700 Rwandans and friends of Rwanda who had braved the unusually cold Belgian winter and travelled many hours to meet with him, President Kagame said that although each one of them were living outside Rwanda for various reasons, had come at different times and under different circumstances, Rwanda belonged to all of them, and what everyone seeks was a Rwanda for Rwandans, not for Tutsis, or Hutus or Twas or even foreigners – but for Rwandans.