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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

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"Lion King" Simba faces calls for democratic reform

Pride Rock, Pride Lands: Protests that have already rocked African countries including Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have now spread to the kingdom of Pride Lands.

The country has been ruled by "Lion King" Simba since a 1994 coup that saw the violent overthrow of his own uncle, Scar. Former ruler Scar was seen as a regional ally by the West, and a large community of exiled Hyaenas have proven an influential lobbying group in Washington, calling for President Obama to take a harder line with Simba. Many celebrities have joined an international campaign for political change, with comic actress Whoopi Goldberg lending her voice to the exiled Hyaenas' cause.

Protestors are demanding political change in a country that has been governed by a small elite for decades, with opposition leaders routinely silenced in what the rulers describe as "the circle of life", but which exiled opposition leader Shenzi describes as "a pyramid of oppression".

"It is time for this autocratic regime to end, and for the ordinary citizens of Pride Lands to rise up and embrace democracy." Shenzi declared in a recent television interview.

At the nation's capital, Pride Rock, Minister of Information Zazu denies that the protests have even occurred, stating that it is not in the national character. "The people of Pride Lands have a problem-free philosophy, which means they don't worry." He explains, before adding ominously "...for the rest of their days."

The US State Department are recommending against non-essential travel to Pride Lands amid fears of a violent crackdown against the protestors.

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