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ΟΙ ΠΟΡΤΟΓΑΛΟΙ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΟΙ ΣΤΟ ΔΡΟΜΟ ΕΝΑΝΤΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΛΙΤΟΤΗΤΑ-Respect those with guns: Portuguese Army marches against austerity (PHOTOS) — RT

Posted by satyrikon στο 11 Νοεμβρίου, 2012

 

Portuguese military members hold up red cards during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

Portuguese military members hold up red cards during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

Thousands of soldiers in civilian dress have marched through Lisbon in protest of the austerity program that’s part and parcel of the country’s 2013 budget.

­An estimated 10,000 active and retired military personnel rallied against the «unjustified cutbacks,» calling for President Anibal Cavaco Silva to veto the controversial austerity budget adopted by the center-right government. The quiet march carried banners calling to respect the military and «national sovereignty.»

«We are getting cut after cut and there is no light at the end of the tunnel,» one soldier told AFP.

Some officers complained that their monthly wages have been cut as much as 25 per cent.

Besides focusing on the military problems, such as a decline in finances for maintenance and training, the march also targeted disagreements over cuts to the social sphere, as well as tax hikes.

Portuguese military members gather in the central Restauradores Square (Independence Restoration Square) during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)
Portuguese military members gather in the central Restauradores Square (Independence Restoration Square) during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

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ΤΑΡΑΧΕΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΓΑΛΛΙΑ-French riot night: Cops injured, cars torched, school burnt (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT

Posted by satyrikon στο 14 Αυγούστου, 2012

Hundreds of French youths torched buildings and cars and clashed with police, injuring 16 officers during an overnight riot in the northern French city of Amiens.

French police reported that the clashes involved some 100 rioters and 150 officers, beginning around 9pm Monday and ending around 4am Tuesday.

At least three bystanders were hurt after rioters pulled drivers from their cars while hijacking the vehicles, the AP reported.

“The confrontations were very, very violent,” Amiens Mayor Gilles Dumailly told French television network BFM.

One of the events that sparked the riot was an arrest made over the weekend for dangerous driving, French media reported. The arrest was seen by many locals as insensitive and unnecessarily violent, as residents were attending a wake for a 20-year-old who died in a motorcycle accident.

A leisure center and two school buildings were razed, along with a dozen cars, local officials said. Rioters used trash cans as flaming barricades, and threw heavy objects at police officers, who responded by deploying tear gas, rubber bullets and a helicopter.

Amiens has experienced riots in the past. The city is infamous for high unemployment, racial tension and an aggressive police force.

The district in Amiens was among 15 areas declared the most troubled in France earlier this month, prompting the government to pledge additional security and money for the region. Dumailly hoped tensions would improve with a plan to fix up the housing projects and offer more services, he said at the time.

In 2005, France saw its worst urban unrest in 40 years, which led to the declaration of a state of emergency by the country’s then-center-right government. Entire neighborhoods of Amiens burned for nearly a month.

The 2007 deaths of two youths hit by a police car sparked another wave of violence in the city. Unrest flared again in 2010 when police shot and killed a youth who had robbed a casino.

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French firemen walk past a car destroyed at a leisure centre after overnight clashes where gangs of youths set cars, bins and a school ablaze in Amiens August 14, 2012 (Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)
French firemen walk past a car destroyed at a leisure centre after overnight clashes where gangs of youths set cars, bins and a school ablaze in Amiens August 14, 2012 (Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)
French firemen inspect damage inside a leisure centre after overnight clashes where gangs of youths set cars, bins and a school ablaze in Amiens August 14, 2012 (Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)
French firemen inspect damage inside a leisure centre after overnight clashes where gangs of youths set cars, bins and a school ablaze in Amiens August 14, 2012 (Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)
damaged primary school in Amiens on August 14, 2012 (AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen)
damaged primary school in Amiens on August 14, 2012 (AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen)
People look at damaged primary school in Amiens, northern France on August 14, 20102 (AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen)
People look at damaged primary school in Amiens, northern France on August 14, 20102 (AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen)

μέσω French riot night: Cops injured, cars torched, school burnt (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT.

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International Observatory for Gulf State Despotism: Saudi Protesters Call for Prisoners’ Release

Posted by satyrikon στο 10 Αυγούστου, 2012

Saudi protesters have staged a demonstration in the city of Taif, calling for the release of political prisoners in the kingdom.

People in Taif in the southwest of the country demonstrated on Thursday to express solidarity with political prisoners.

The protesters also demanded an end to rights violations in the monarchy.

Saudi Arabia has arrested scores of anti-government protesters since the beginning of the uprising in the country. Prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr Baqir al-Nemr is among the detainees.

Sheikh Nemr was injured and arrested by Saudi security forces of the Al Saud regime while driving from a farm to his house in Qatif on July 8.
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in the Kingdom’s east, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah.

The demonstrators called for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the oil-rich region.

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μέσω International Observatory for Gulf State Despotism: Saudi Protesters Call for Prisoners’ Release.

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Syrian govt claims victory in Damascus as Aleppo battle rages — RT

Posted by satyrikon στο 29 Ιουλίου, 2012

 A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 25, 2012, shows forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fighting in the al-Qadam district of Damascus. The Syrian army and rebels on July 25, sent reinforcements to Aleppo to join the intensifying battle for the country's second city, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the world "to stop the slaughter." (AFP Photo / Sana)

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 25, 2012, shows forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fighting in the al-Qadam district of Damascus. The Syrian army and rebels on July 25, sent reinforcements to Aleppo to join the intensifying battle for the country’s second city, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the world «to stop the slaughter.» (AFP Photo / Sana)

The Syrian government has declared victory in Damascus while the fierce struggle for control of Aleppo continues. Meanwhile, the country’s Foreign Minister is in Iran, seeking support from the Islamic state.

According to Reuters, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said, «Today I tell you, Syria is stronger… In less than a week they were defeated (in Damascus) and the battle failed. So they moved on to Aleppo and I assure you, their plots will fail.»

The comment was made during his visit to Tehran, where he met with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi.

Fighting between rebel and government forces escalated in Aleppo on Sunday, just as Salehi expressed doubts that a managed Syrian power transition would ever work. According to Reuters, he called the very idea an “illusion.”

“Thinking naively and wrongly that if there is a power vacuum perhaps in Syria and if there is a transition of power in Syria, simply another government will come to power, that I think is just a dream,» Salehi said.

According to reports from Al Arabiya, Muallem said, “We believe that all the anti-Syrian forces have gathered in Aleppo to fight the government…and they will definitely be defeated.”

Intense fighting continued in Aleppo on Sunday, as government troops aimed to regain control in the southwestern neighborhoods of Salaheddine and parts of Saif al-Dawla, which were seized by rebels last week.

Aleppo is Syria’s commercial hub, and is seen as a critical city for both the regime and the opposition.

Rebels are believed to control between a third and half of the neighborhoods in Aleppo.

Armed rebels stand on top of a destroyed tank in Aleppo. (AP video shot)
Armed rebels stand on top of a destroyed tank in Aleppo. (AP video shot)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy fighting and explosions there, including fighting in the Bab al-Hadeed, al-Zahraa and al-Arqoub neighborhoods.

Sarkis Kassargian, a local reporter for Al-Khabar TV, told RT, “The rebels were controlling the area of Salaheddine. They’ve moved out of the area, and the Syrian army is in control of the region now.”

Aleppo-based opposition activist Mohammed Saeed told AP that around 200 fighters entered the city early Sunday to join the 1,000 fighters who poured into the city over the past few days.

Saeed also said rebels have received “a new batch of weapons and ammunition,” but declined to say from where.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on regional powers to stop supporting the Syrian opposition, arguing that the power vacuum which would open up should the government in Damascus fall would result in dire consequences for the whole region.

A local Aleppo mosque stands amongst rubble after being heavily damaged. (AP video shot)
A local Aleppo mosque stands amongst rubble after being heavily damaged. (AP video shot)

But while the Iranian government calls on other countries to stop supporting the rebels, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council is sending a different message.

According to AFP, Abdulbaset Sayda urged “Arab brothers and friends to support the Free Syrian Army.”

«We want weapons that would stop tanks and jet fighters. That is what we want,» Sayda said in a news conference.

But according to author and journalist Afshin Rattansi, supplying rebels with weapons comes with serious consequences.

“The blow back for Turkey aiding fighters on its own border is astounding. Parts of northern Syria are already under the control of Kurds. And as for the US, the last time they armed jihadists, we saw the 9/11 attacks,” Rattansi told RT.

During his visit, Muallem said that Syria was committed to Kofi Annan’s six-point plan to end 16 months of violence in the country.

The plan calls for a ceasefire – something that has been widely ignored by both sides – as the first stage in the transition to ending the violence.

It also calls for access to aid, the release of detained people, freedom of movement for journalists, and the freedom to protest peacefully.

A child stands in front of a destroyed tank and mosque in Aleppo. (AP video shot)
A child stands in front of a destroyed tank and mosque in Aleppo. (AP video shot)

μέσω Syrian govt claims victory in Damascus as Aleppo battle rages — RT.

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Saudi riot police fire live rounds on Shiite protesters in Qatif – reports (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT

Posted by satyrikon στο 27 Ιουλίου, 2012

King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002
King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Abdul Aziz bin Saud first king of Saudi Arabia
Abdul Aziz bin Saud first king of Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of the territory and area covered by prese...
Map of the territory and area covered by present-day Saudi Arabia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several demonstrators have been wounded in Saudi Arabia’s eastern district of Qatif after security forces opened fire on protesters.

Officers fired live rounds at demonstrators, who carried posters of detained protesters who were injured and arrested earlier this month.

Spokesmen for the Saudi Interior Ministry said several people were burning tires during the protests, and several arrests were made.

Among those arrested today was Mohammed al-Shakhuri, who is on a list of the country’s 23 most-wanted people, Al-Manar News reported.

Witnesses said Shakhuri was taken to a military hospital with bullet wounds in his back and neck.

“There were no casualties,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Clashes between police and protesters have increased in recent days, following the deaths of two protesters earlier this month.

Protests

began in Saudi Arabia last March, when a Shia uprising in neighbouring

Bahrain was crushed by Gulf troops, led by Saudi Arabia.

Demonstrations

escalated earlier this month, after a prominent Shia cleric was

arrested for being what the interior ministry deemed an “instigator of sedition.”

His detainment has been the source of widespread demonstrations demanding an end to sectarian discrimination in the region.

Shia Muslims have long complained of marginalization at the hand of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni ruling family.

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μέσω Saudi riot police fire live rounds on Shiite protesters in Qatif – reports (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT.

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Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorship (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT

Posted by satyrikon στο 27 Ιουλίου, 2012

Dozens of disabled kids affected by the 1984 Bhopal disaster, one of the world’s worst-ever industrial catastrophes, have held their own Games to protest against the London Olympics sponsorship by Dow Chemical.

­The children, aged five to 16 and cheered by their nearest and dearest, have participated in 10 sports in Bhopal during the “Special Olympics». The move was aimed to attract attention to the responsibilities of the company, which has a contract with the IOC until 2020 and, in particular, is a sponsor of London Olympics.

Dow Chemical has repeatedly denied any involvement in the tragedy and refuses to add to the $470-million compensation paid out in 1989.

The Bhopal «Olympics» kicked off with children suffering from cerebral palsy, partial paralysis and mental disabilities parading in wheelchairs and walking with the assistance of others around an outdoor stadium in the shadow of the old pesticide plant.

One of the competitions was called «the crab walk»: three children who were unable to stand propelled themselves down the 25-meter racecourse with their hands.

And one little boy was running back and forth on the field even when no race was on.

«The children are born like this because of the gas,» Kesar Bai, a 45-year-old mother from a slum near the old pesticide plant, told AFP. She firmly believes that the disaster and its long-standing influence caused her son Pratap’s severe cerebral palsy.

«I was thinking ‘If there hadn’t been this tragedy, then so many would not be born like this’,» she said, adding that in the area around her shack there were 10-12 ill kids.

An Indian mother of a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, cries during a "Special Olympics" in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
An Indian mother of a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, cries during a «Special Olympics» in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

­Jamila Bi brought her wheelchair-bound 11-year-old grandson Amaan to take part.

«Today these children are participating, in spite of what Union Carbide did to them,» Bi told AP. «We are happy that they will walk. Those people will see that in spite of what they did these children are still participating.»

Some 25,000 residents of Bhopal died in the aftermath of a massive 1984 gas leak in a pesticide factory owned by the American company Union Carbide.

Immediately after tonnes of toxic gas leaked, survivors remember the slums surrounding the pesticide plant being packed with people, many unconscious, vomiting or frothing at the mouth.

«We woke up at 2am in the night. Everyone was running. If you fell down, they ran over you,» Bai remembers.

In 2001, Union Carbide liable for the disaster was purchased by Dow Chemical.

The latter, however, has done little to improve the situation in the disaster-stricken zone.

According to activists’ estimates, 500,000 people are still suffering from illnesses developed after the tragedy, including cancer, blindness and various birth defects.

«We have been protesting against Dow’s sponsorship [of the Olympic Games] for a year now; we want them to be dropped,» organizers’ spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra told Reuters. «But we have realized this is not going to happen.»

Indian spectators watch as disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster take part in a "Special Olympics" (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Indian spectators watch as disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster take part in a «Special Olympics» (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Manan, a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, smiles as he reaches finish line in 25 meter walk with a walker event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Manan, a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, smiles as he reaches finish line in 25 meter walk with a walker event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter assisted walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter assisted walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter sprint (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter sprint (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Zehra, a five year old disabled child shows her gold medal she won in crab walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Zehra, a five year old disabled child shows her gold medal she won in crab walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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An Indian disabled child suffering from the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, reacts in discomfort while watching a play during a "Special Olympics" in Bhopal (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
An Indian disabled child suffering from the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, reacts in discomfort while watching a play during a «Special Olympics» in Bhopal (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

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Indian artists recreate a scene from the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Indian artists recreate a scene from the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

μέσω Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorship (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT.

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