[Al Jazeera] About 300 people took to the streets on Tuesday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and a couple of other hundred did the same in Alexandria.
The protests came on a historic day. In 1882, Ahmed Orabi - an army general - stood up against the then-Khedive (ruler) of Cairo to repeal a new law that was issued to prevent peasants from becoming officers.
The demonstrators on Tuesday did the unthinkable: publicly burning the pictures of Gamal Mubarak
He declared that Egyptians should no longer be slaves. Orabi succeeded in having the law overturned and unleashed the wave of anti-colonialism that eventually led to European powers leaving Egypt.
A century later, protesters were making similar calls, but this time against what they see as a hold over the country's power by the family of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president.
In a country of nearly 80 million people, fewer than a thousand people demonstrating should have gone unnoticed.
But it is big news here because the protestors voiced what many Egyptians say quietly: no to inheritance of power.
Demonstrating in Egypt is not a matter for the faint-hearted. Security forces - in full riot gear and plain clothes - always outnumber protestors in Egypt. Every participant takes the huge risk of unleashing the wrath of the state security apparatus, which often leads to detention, humiliation and in some cases excessive use of force (torture) by those on the side of power.
The demonstrators on Tuesday did the unthinkable: publicly burning the pictures of Gamal Mubarak, son of the president, who is suspected of being groomed to succeed his father. The issue is so sensitive that security forces rushed to confiscate footage shot by the cameras of Al Jazeera and the BBC. Nevertheless, the news spread like wildfire and some still photographs made their way to cyberspace.
No one doubts - protestors and public alike - that the culprits behind such a gesture of defiance will pay a very, very high price for their arrogance. It's a given.
It is what they did that is not a given and may signal that, some Egyptians at least, are not intimidated by the system anymore. And what is even less clear is how the government will adapt with the rising voices of opposition.
It is clear, however, that the old tactics of muzzling public opinion may not be as efficient anymore.
This comes at a time when public discontent is fuelled by rising food prices, power cuts and water shortages.
And as Egypt heads towards parliamentary elections next November - elections that are widely viewed as a stepping stone towards the much more sensitive presidential elections in 2011 - some opposition parties have already called for a boycott.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
09/24/2010 15:19 Comments ||
I have talked to a person forced out. This has happened in that area of the world for at least twenty years. Not only whites but others that they target. They got no help from anyone.This was the bread basket of Africa but no longer. Political elites running the country with family and friends.
Just what they want to do here. Look how well it worked for saddam(no cap. for this guy).
Late note: The attorney general of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Patricia Gonzalez, has scheduled a press conference about the lynching in Ascension for Friday morning.
by Chris Covert
The lynching at Ascension, Chihuahua appears to be a watershed event in Mexican history. Following Mexican drug crimes news in only the last six months, I have watched a lynching attempt a month. Ascension is the first with fatalities.
The following is compilation of notes from news reports and readers comments about the Ascension lynching.
Initial reports put the size of the gang involved at six. Now reports are five were involved. The two deceased were both minors.
About a thousand people were involved in the lynching, according to some reports. Others have the number at 400. Think about that. Eliminating old people and children, that's close to one in 4 individuals. That's a lot of suspects.
The initial press released by the Chihuahua state Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado, Patricia Gonzalez the day following the lynching was so boilerplate, it is hard to imagine a reason why anything was released at all. The translation boiled down to, "when we find out whodunit, we'll git 'em." I suspect Ms. Gonzalez will run up on a wall 400 or more individuals thick.
Just before the lynching several citizens crowded into town's mayor, Rafael Camarillo, office protesting the law enforcement situation. The crowd accused police of being hitmen for organized crime The mayor then fired 12 municipal police agents for "collusion" on the spot, and the officers turned in their badges and guns that day.
Rafael Camarillo leaves office October 9th, as a part of the change in government following elections in Chihuahua last July.
A total of 300 Mexican Federal agents were deployed to Ascension the day of the attack aboard 50 pickup trucks to restore order and recover the corpses of the deceased. Helicopters were also part of the deployment. That number is the same size of the Juarez Mexican Federal police deployment, a city 1000 times the population of Ascension.
According to reports, Ascension has been the focus of a large number of abductions in recent months.
The lynching began at about 1000 hrs. The villagers found three of the kidnappers in a truck and rushed it, overturning it. The villagers then seized two of other kidnappers. The mob fell on these two with shovels and tire irons. One said, "It was crazy."
The mayor attempted to intervene and tried to explain they had the wrong guys, but the mob disbelieved him. The mob refused to allow medical attention to the wounded suspects. The other suspects continually shouted to the villagers threats about coming back for revenge.
Protesters in Ascension said the local police were very brave, in scolding and jailing drunks, but did nothing against criminals.
The abduction suspects used three vehicles to kidnap the teenaged female victim: a Ford Explorer, a Dodge Ram and a Chevrolet Suburban. Andres Ramirez and Raymundo Ortega Rascon were riding in the Dodge Ram. Ramirez was carrying an AK-47 when he was seized by villagers.
The Dodge Ram was also carrying the kidnapping victim when it was seized by villagers. The Dodge Ram hit the turned over Ford Explorer.
The three surviving kidnapping suspects tried to escape when they saw the arrival of security reinforcements.
Several of the purported leaders of the lynching have reportedly left Ascension in response to police raids the night following the lynching.
Subsequent to the news of the kidnapping villagers themselves set up roadblocks to capture criminals. Reports say this is how the suspects were stopped.
The leader of the criminal group that did the kidnapping, Arturo Matancilla Lozoya, was only recently released from prison. The two deceased minors reportedly had brothers serving time in prison.
Mexicans are fired up about this lynching. Comments at El Blog del Terror are nearly unanimous in support of the villagers at Ascension.
And many of the comments hint that this reaction to crime may well spread.
"A proposal for the government to deliver an M-16 rifle to each head of household and make them sign that they agree to return it after dealing with all the evils that exist in Mexico (drug traffickers, kidnappers, rapists, corrupt politicians and police) In less than 2 years, our Mexico will be again a safe country."
"Ascension with an average of 2000 inhabitants, ordered nothing more and nothing less than 300 troops with the support of soldiers to rescue these petty criminals ,..., how will the government send troops if a city with more than 400.000 inhabitants makes a similar move?"
"and apart from this, I think it would be a good option, as the US, to legalize weapons here mainly in the north (Tamaulipas)..."
"...the drop of glass has been poured, the municipality is the beginning of everything in weeks or months, the rebellion will expand across the north of the republic there will be many dead Government soldiers used to kill people and hide the information, but will emerge and begin to organize movements in the south, the revolution is inevitable, the ghosts of 100 years ago began to come to Mexico. get ready compatriots that Mexico where people do nothing is coming to an end ..."
P2K: Athens is about 50 miles away. This story appeared in the local newspaper a couple of years. The WWII vets had fought against tyrants and dictators and they were not about to put up with more of the same when they returned home to find similar crime and corruption on a smaller scale.
[Al Jazeera] For the past week in Pakistain, there has been rising speculation that the ruling Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) government is on its way out.
Some staunch supporters of the establishment have made no secret of their opinions, saying the party is finished.
Whether or not that is indeed the case, there is plenty of political manoeuvring making headline news in anticipation of change.
Old enemies are now cosying up to each other and coalition partners suddenly have differing interests. There is even news that the PPP is mulling over plans to ditch its political ally, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).
Recently Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of the MQM, gave a passionate speech over the phone from London in which he spoke about a revolution; thanks to his epicurean tastes he chose none other than the French revolution.
At the same time, Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistain, spoke about the need to thwart the prospects of Bonapartism, as he described it, and obviously the antithesis to what Hussain was saying.
As one cynic put it "I am sure it must have boosted the sales of books or easy guides on the French revolution, as more-loyal-than-thou politicians and minions polished up on the French revolution".
All said and done, it must have made many senior female politicians lose sleep over the dreaded nightmare that they may become the Maria Antoinettes of Pakistain. The people, it is said, have already lost their heads.
So what is it going to be: a French, Bolshevik or Iranian revolution that is to come knocking on Pakistain's doo? The word revolution is now resounding inside the plush drawing rooms of Pakistain's leafy capital, but very few people can visualise the cost in blood of any such event.
Old Pakistain experts, however, brush aside the notion of replicating any such similar revolution, saying this is not Iran, France or Russia and that what they anticipate is a Taliban revolution that could sweep aside once and for all the rotting political system that has time and again disappointed the people of Pakistain.
No one knows if there will be a revolution or not, but in the event of it happening one thing is quite clear - this will be branded a revolution with a local and indigenous Pak seal. And it will carry with it a major backlash against opulent and corrupt rulers who have for decades betrayed the trust of these proud people.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/24/2010 00:00 ||
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Ahh, the taliban. They have such a good record in countries!
Go for it Pakistan, so we can just bomb the hell out of your shithole.
Pakistan has a proud and efficient military.
Time for another coup!
Posted by: Mike Hunt ||
09/24/2010 13:42 Comments ||
Talking is one of the things Pakistanis do very well. Revolution has only been accomplished by the generals against civilian governments, thus far. As for the Taliban, I shouldn't think they were actually capable of overthrowing the army, which actually controls the country.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.