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Tens of thousands take to the streets in protest, Presidential family flees country, Twitter blocked, internet filled with YouTubes of Egyptians defying riot police and water cannons on the streets.



"The Day of Wrath"


Reddit reports in, pointing out that the government-controlled media is letting little information out.

Twitter blocked, protests turn violent.

Even the Egyptian police are sick of the government's crap, according to reports that cops are joining in the protests or helping / not resisting the crowds of protesters.

Live updates direct from Egypt.
"7:46 PM Police fire tear gas at protesters in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria.
8:05 PM An uneasy calm prevails in Tahrir Square as both security forces and tens of thousands of protesters hold their positions. Ahram Online reporter says that protesters are now sitting down in the square discussing whether or not to continue the protest through the night.
9:30 PM According to medical sources, two protesters are dead in Suez, and according to Police sources one Central Security Forces soldier is dead in clashes in Cairo.
9: 35 PM Clashes between Police and protesters in Alexandria. Corniche Road opened.
10:00 PM Protesters in Tahrir square set up a local radio station."


The earliest reports of this clock in at over three hours ago, yet there's very little information being reported.
 
 
Current Mood: depressed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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15 December 2008 @ 08:30 pm
Follow up:
Thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets to demand release of journalist who threw his shoes at Bush.





Iraqi journalist flings his shoes at Bush.
A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit. The shoe-thrower -- identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network -- could be heard yelling in Arabic: "This is a farewell ... you dog!" While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: "You killed the Iraqis!" Al-Zaidi was dragged away. Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.
I'm reminded of that famous footage of Iraqis assaulting that statue of Saddam with their sandals back when Iraq was first "liberated" from under his rule.
 
 
Current Mood: amused
 
 
 
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15 April 2008 @ 12:09 am
Anonymous plans to steal or extinguish the Olympic Torch.

Not to protest China or anything like that. They're doing it for the Lulz.

Thanks to rynthetyn for the heads up.
 
 
Current Mood: amused
 
 
 
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14 April 2008 @ 11:54 pm
From Wikipedia's entry on the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay, under the section "political fallout' organized by country:

India: Indian national football captain, Baichung Bhutia refused to take part in the Indian leg of the torch relay, citing concerns over Tibet. Bhutia, who is Sikkimese, is the first athlete to refuse to run with the torch.[136] Indian film star Aamir Khan states on his personal blog that the "Olympic Games do not belong to China" and confirms taking part in the torch relay "with a prayer in [his] heart for the people of Tibet, and [...] for all people across the world who are victims of human rights violations".[137] Rahul Gandhi, son of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, also refused to carry the torch.

Wary of protests, the Indian authorities have decided to shorten the route of the relay in New Delhi,[138] and have given it the security normally associated with Republic Day celebrations, which are considered terrorist targets. Chinese intelligence's expectations of points on the relay route that would be particularly 'vulnerable' to protesters were presented to the Indian ambassador to Beijing, Nirupama Sen. The Indian media responded angrily to the news that the ambassador, a distinguished lady diplomat, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry at 2 a.m. local time; the news was later denied by anonymous sources in Delhi.[139] The Indian media reported that India's Commerce Minister, Kamal Nath, cancelled an official trip to Beijing in protest, though both Nath and Chinese sources have denied it.[140][141][142][143][144]

India strongly rejected Chinese demands, however, that the torch route be "sanitised" of India's 150,000-strong Tibetan exile community, by which they required a ban on congregation near the curtailed 3 km route. In response Indian officials said India was a democracy, and "a wholesale ban on protests was out of the question".[145] Contradicting some other reports, Indian officials also refused permission to the "Olympic Holy Flame Protection Unit". The combined effect is a "rapid deterioration" of relations between India and China.[145] Meanwhile, the Tibetan government in exile, which is based in India, has stated that it did not support the disruption of the Olympic torch relay.[146]

The noted Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi refused to participate saying "she doesn’t want to run in the event as ‘caged woman’."[147]
 
 
 
 
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12 April 2008 @ 12:26 am


5,000 Tibetans from all over India plan to show up in New Delhi to protest the Olympic Torch Relay on April 17th.

New Delhi/Dharamsala: Emboldened by the demonstrations against the Olympic torch in London and Paris this week, scores of Tibetans have started arriving at the national capital to put up a strong protest when the flame is carried through the city April 17.

About 5,000 Tibetans are expected to reach Delhi from all over India over the next one week for the protest against the torch in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. About 2,000 of them have already arrived. Delhi itself is home to a few thousand Tibetans, including over 3,000 Tibetan students.

Scores of Tibetans and Tibet sympathisers are expected to join the pro-Tibet and anti-China protest against the Olympic torch in New Delhi April 17.

A 'march to Tibet' that started from Dharamsala - the Himalayan abode for the Tibetan spiritual and temporal head Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile - which has now been truncated till Delhi has already entered the city's outskirts.

The protest marchers, numbering over 200, will arrive at the Majnu ka Tila Tibetan settlement on Thursday in northeast Delhi.

Prominent among the protestors arriving in Delhi is Tenzin Tsundue, the one-man army who has embarrassed Indian and Chinese leadership in the past by waving Tibetan freedom flags and banners in front of visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and prime minister Wen Jiabao in Mumbai and Bangalore.

"We will put up our protest against the torch in Delhi," Tsundue told IANS.

Since India has the highest number of Tibetans outside Tibet, the protest here is expected to be bigger than London or Paris where anti-China protestors were able to reach close to the torchbearers.

Delhi Police is taking no chances with the torch relay route with barricades being put up at most points to keep the protestors at bay. National Security Adviser M K Narayanan has assured China that foolproof security would be provided to the torch on its Delhi-leg.

The 'march to Tibet', initiated by Tibetan NGOs, was taken over by the exiled government a few days ago following violence inside Tibet and protests by Tibetans all over the world against China.

The march and other protest activities of the Tibetan NGOs are now being monitored and regulated by the newly formed Tibetan Solidarity Committee (TSC). The committee, headed by exiled Tibetan parliament speaker Karma Choephel, has seven members, including the parliament deputy speaker Dolma Gyari, two ministers and three MPs).

The march was originally started by NGOs like Tibetan Youth Congress, Friends of Tibet, Students for Free Tibet, Gu-Chu-Sum (an association of former Tibetan political prisoners) and Tibetan Women Association (TWA).

The TYC pulled out of the protest march after the TSC took over and told the volunteers to go only till Delhi and stop all violence against China.

The TSC has already dispatched nearly 35 Tibetan MPs to all parts of India and Nepal to tell Tibetans about the latest happenings in Tibet and the position of the exiled government. The MPs are also mobilising Tibetan volunteers for the torch protest in Delhi.

India is home to over 100,000 Tibetans living in exile here. The Dalai Lama arrived in India in 1959 after the Chinese occupation of Lhasa. The globe-trotting Tibetan leader and 1989 Nobel Peace laureate has since been living in Mcleodganj near Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh after being granted political asylum in India.



The Indian football (soccer) team captain, a Buddhist and resident of Sikkim (a state bordering China), has given notice that he won't take part in the relay, protesting China's human rights record and actions against Tibet. There's pressure on cricketer and Indian ubercelebrity Sachin Tendulkar to also boycott the relay. I already posted this link earlier talking about the present predicament of the various sponsors of the torch, once proud to land what looked like a dream ad spot that has quickly turned into a nightmare.

I want to join in, but don't really know where to begin. I don't think most people I know in Delhi even know or care about this. If I can even show up, this would be the first time in my life I've actually joined a protest and for no good reason I'm apprehensive. I'm sick and tired of reading the news and getting pissed off and then overwhelmed and helpless, sitting on my ass in front of my computer, unable to do a damn thing about all the evil and bullshit I see.

I'm not idealistic. I don't have such romantic notions that just one person can make a difference, or that there is pure goodness buried deep in every man and woman. But on the other hand I really love the demotivational poster explaining "no one raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood." It's really a question of what I want my life to contribute to. I don't think I can make a difference all on my own, and I can't control or change much in my tiny sphere of influence in such a massive world. But what I can control is what I personally contribute to. I plan to go to my grave knowing that my insignificant, miniscule, statistically negligible contribution to society did not add that one drop to the flood of bullshit, at least. Even if it makes no difference in the end, at least it'll make a difference to me I guess.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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28 March 2008 @ 03:39 am