“When tyranny becomes law, rebellion is a right.” – Simón Bolívar
When the leader of a state starts taking away basic human rights like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial, etc., then the country is ruled by a tyrant that must be stopped by all means. It often happens that these human rights are taken away bit by bit so that the people do not realise it at first. In the end, a country is always to and from the people and therefore rebellion becomes a right to overthrow this type of rulers.
Today, many countries are still ruled by tyrants. Western countries tend to think that only African or Latin American states have dictators. An interesting fact is that, especially since the fear of imminent terror attacks, the once so liberal Western World has started limiting certain freedoms like the freedom of religion, the right to privacy or the right to a fair trial. Some European countries even deployed their armies in the streets for a non-specified time. Although these actions are certainly understandable, it is important to keep a close eye on the curtailment of freedom. Governments cannot use terrorism threats as an excuse to take away these basic human rights our ancestors fought so hard for.
Simón Bolívar lived from 1783 till 1830. He was a Venezuelan military and political leader. Bolívar was one of the key leaders in establishing sovereign Latin American states like Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia , Ecuador and Panama. When referring to his military campaigns, one says ‘His army never conquered, it liberated’.To many, this makes him one of the great heroes of the Hispanic independence movements of the early 19th century. Many Latin American countries have streets, plazas and buildings named after him. In 2013, the movie The Liberator was released. The Liberator is a biographical movie about the life of Simón Bolívar.