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Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

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Posted on Jan 26, 2011

The second day of anti-government protests around Egypt brought word of more clashes and arrests. Click here to read the BBC’s account of Wednesday’s demonstrations.

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued Wednesday between police and protesters, although on a smaller scale than the day before.  —KA

The New York Times:

The Associated Press, citing unnamed Egyptian security officials, reported that 860 protesters had been arrested since major protests began Tuesday morning, roughly two-thirds of them in Cairo. Many others were in Alexandria. Nadeem Mansour, a human rights advocate at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo, said the bulk of the arrests took place overnight.

In contrast to the thousands who marched through Cairo on Tuesday and occupied a central square for hours, the Wednesday gatherings were relatively small. In front of Cairo’s press and lawyer’s syndicate buildings, more than 100 people shouted slogans, outnumbered by a force of security officers. “You’re protecting thieves,” they chanted. Police officers began striking the protesters with bamboo sticks.

There were signs that the crackdown was being carefully calibrated, with security forces wielding their cudgels and sometimes throwing rocks, rather than opening fire.

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By drbhelthi, January 31, 2011 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

Another function of the CIA Disinformation Program. 
Broadcasting distracting propaganda while doing the
opposite, secretively.

AXIS Hilly trapsies around the world spreading word-garbage,
(similar to Obama) distracting from what is actually
being done, while spying on foreign diplomats.

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By Gladwyn d'Souza, January 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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The world is not at war. The US is fighting people with puppets. On the street are US
tanks and cluster bombs and police trained in Pennsylvania and the school of the
americas. Given Obama’s shadow militia assassinating US opponents around the world
this rise of democracy would be careful to be diverse to avoid Lumumba in the truck of
the American Attaché. How are they going to get cheaper food if they don’t take charge
of growing their own and making their own markets? Stanford is hosting a Food Security
and the Environment series led by the CEOs of cArgill and the Bill and Melinda Gates
fund, a major stock holder in a monsanto! It is good to see the end of experts on the
horizon. Which raises a question- where was Muhamed El Bareidei during the drive for
war in Iraq under the umbrella of WMDs?

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By Chris Taus, January 27, 2011 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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People are consistently critiquing the Arab world for
being too complacent about the dictators which
oppress them. They are finally revolting and rather
than being met with support, they are met with
cynicism, condescension, and accusations about
crushing Christians and Jews. NO one points out that
just a few weeks earlier Muslims in Egypt were acting
as human shields against the bombing of churches. NO
wonder the arab world has is so suspicious of
outsiders, because no matter what they do, they are
branded as extremists. Egyptians want freedom, and
Mubarek is not a secularist, he is just a brutal
dictator who would crush any and all forms of
opposition, religious or secular

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By ejreed, January 27, 2011 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

US Supports Mubarak as Calls for His Ouster Grow
Even as Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution has triggered similar populist movements in neighboring Arab nations, US military support for Egypt is being used to target domestic dissent.

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