I am so pleased that Stanley Fischer has addressed the strikes. When I read his comments this morning, I felt as though finally someone responsible was in charge. It seemed like the kindly lecturer was back at the podium spouting wise words to the students. Will they listen? I don’t know, but I think they ought to. His advice is good. Not only is he not politically linked with any of the government parties, but he showed respect for the demonstrators. In addition, while he welcomed change, he wanted it to go through regular channels. In short, progress - yes, revolution – no.
While every news website seems to carry Fischer’s speech, I’ve yet to see the demonstrators’ response. Will they accept his recommendations? Will the situation finally quiet down?
If not, what other envoy can the administration possibly send that might be favorably looked upon?