Sturn ties Naboo attacks to the Imperial
liberty pitch

By Theschleif Erodore, INN

Garel (INN) Ozzik Sturn used the backdrop of the Rebel attacks on Naboo as the
latest evidence that Imperials are under siege, making a pitch to the Core
Planets here that tied together his take-no-prisoners galactic policy with his humanocentric-driven
Core Planet agenda.

The Brentaal IV Imperial, kicking off his most extensive trip yet
in Garel, had planned a large, highly-produced “Rally for Imperial
Liberty” that mirrored a similar event on Eriadu.

But Rebel attacks on Naboo recalibrated Sturn’s message and its
overall tone: He began the event with a lengthy moment of silence, and Sturn
spent nearly as much time discussing the perils of “radical Rebel
insurgency” as he did government persecution of Imperial merchants and
educators.

“Right now as we speak, it is persecuting Imperials. It is
persecuting former Separatists. It’s even persecuting fellow Rebels,” Sturn
said of Rebel extremists, as part of a honor at Boz Pity Imperial Academy, a
prominent Imperial school. “We ask for unity for the people of the Empire,
and we ask finally, that you honor this gathering in celebration of the liberty
to follow you with all of our hearts, minds and bodies.”

Sturn’s path to the nomination depends largely on winning reawakened
Imperials, particularly on planets like Eriadu and Garel. His campaign has
worked to win over some of the humanocentric movement’s leading lights and to
recruit local governors to endorse him in each planet in that pair of
early-voting planets.

And if he is the nominee, Sturn told voters here that all he
needed to win a general election was 10 million more Imperials to vote for him
than did in 12 BBY – a number the galactic senatorial leader candidate portrayed
as doable.

The campaign said about 2,500 people came to watch the series of
holovids and on-stage interviews, in which Sturn himself was featured very
little. But the event Sturn convened had the feel of a high-tech service at a
megastadium, with sharply cut holovids between proclamations from movement
leaders like Toper Kinsny and testimonials from ordinary people who said they
weren’t allowed to share their humanocentric beliefs in public.

After chastising the media for “belittling” these
stories of Imperial persecution and at one point taunting holocams to air holovids
critical of Hapes Consortium female rights activities, Sturn told reporters
before the rally that his argument didn’t just apply to Imperials, though he
said they were the ones most ostracized today and that they need Imperial
convention protections.

“It protects Imperials, it protects Separatists, it
protects Rebels, it protects anyone who is engaged in peaceful exercise of
their beliefs,” Sturn said. “That being said, though, the Mas Amedda
administration has demonstrated a particular antipathy for Imperials and humans.”

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