Peacekeeping: Cammie Clowns Cause Confusion and Crime

Archives

September 16, 2006: The Seychelles Islands government has issued a ban on the wearing of military clothing by civilians. The country has a very high unemployment rate, especially among the young, and they have apparently adopted a "guerrilla punk" style of dress, which has led to instances of random violence, and could easily be infiltrated by political or other elements willing to destabilize the government for their own purposes by pretending to be military.
The Seychelles is only one of many poor countries that have banned civilians from wearing military uniforms. Banning such attire is becoming common, often with the encouragement of peacekeeping forces. The uniforms are a major problem for peacekeepers, who often have to rely on translators and a sketchy knowledge of how the local army and police operate.
Military style clothing is a hot item in the most out- of- the way places. Merchants know that guns sell better if you can also provide new (or used) cammies (camouflage style pants, shirts and hats) for your customers. Thus attired, and armed, a young fellow can more easily intimidate civilians, or even real troops and police.

 


Article Archive

Peacekeeping: Current 2019 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close