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Vol 53 No 2

Published 20th January 2012

Dragons in Eden

Príncipe wants a tourist bonanza and fears that São Tomé may try to obstruct it

The authorities are still tracking down protestors on Príncipe island who, at dawn on 8 December, burned the national flag in front of the Regional Government building in Santo António. They also distributed anti-government leaflets attacking Prime Minister Patrice Emery Trovoada. Some pamphlets even demanded independence for the 142 square-kilometre island. Behind it all lies disagreement over a massive leisure investment that favours Príncipe over the larger and usually more advantaged island of São Tomé.

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