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Wednesday 23 November 2011


Repression worse now than under Mubarak, says report

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Egypt's rulers of levels of brutality that sometimes exceed those of Hosni Mubarak's regime, saying that the hopes of protesters had been "crushed" since the former president was forced to step down.

Egyptian riot police officer fires tear gas during clashes with protesters near Tahrir square in Cairo
Photo: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra



By Alex Spillius

2:18PM GMT 22 Nov 2011



It said that Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which assumed control after the 18-day uprising that toppled Mr Mubarak in February, had made only empty promises to improve human rights.


Crackdowns on dissent have claimed numerous lives, including at least 33 people who have been killed in Cairo's Tahrir Square over the past few days as throngs returned to the crucible of the earlier pro-democracy protests.


Amnesty’s report was issued as protestors in the second city of Alexandria reported that tear gas had been fired on from helicopters. The health ministry said 40 people had been injured though students claimed the real number was in the hundreds.


The human rights group said military courts had tried thousands of civilians and emergency law had been extended. Torture had continued in army custody, and there were consistent reports of security forces employing armed "thugs" to attack protesters, it added.


"The SCAF has continued the tradition of repressive rule which the January 25 demonstrators fought so hard to get rid of," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa acting director.

"Those who have challenged or criticise the military council - like demonstrators, journalists, bloggers, striking workers - have been ruthlessly suppressed in an attempt at silencing their voices.“The brutal and heavy-handed response to protests in the last few days bears all the hallmarks of the Mubarak era."With elections due to start next week in doubt, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, has called on the military ruling council to abandon emergency powers, stop detaining protestors and stop trying civilians in military courts.By August, Amnesty said SCAP had put 12,000 civilians on trial in “grossly unfair” military courts and sentenced at least 13 to death.Charges against demonstrators included "thuggery", "breaking the curfew", "damaging property" and "insulting the army". Allegations of army abuse seemed to have been largely ignored, the report said."Amnesty International found ... that the military council had met few of the commitments it made in its many public statements and had worsened the situation in some areas," the group said.It said journalists and broadcasters had been summoned to military prosecutors an attempt to suppress negative reporting. Military pressure had also led to a number of current affairs television shows being cancelled."The Egyptian military cannot keep using security as an excuse to keep the same old practices that we saw under President Mubarak," said Mr Luther."If there is to be an effective transition to the new Egypt that protesters have been demanding, the SCAF must release their grip on freedom of expression, association and assembly, lift the state of emergency and stop trying civilians in military courts."





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If Egypt can turn so bad after the Arab Spring, what would become of Libra ?
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Amnesty said SCAP had put 12,000 civilians on trial in “grossly unfair” military courts and sentenced at least 13 to death.

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The U.S. had engineered "Arab Springs" in the Middle East to take down their recalcitrant "approved" dictators to prop up with others that are
more subservient to their wishes. What do you know about crocodile tears?
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This post was edited by sansukong at 2011-11-24 18:43

Libya ready to compensate Chinese companies
Updated: 2011-11-23 18:53

(Agencies)

BEIJING - A spokesman of Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Libya was ready to compensate Chinese companies, raising the possibility that Chinese businesses that suffered losses during the country's unrest may receive some payment.

"We've noticed that the representatives from the Libyan transitional government, now the new government, have stated that the Libyan side is ready to compensate Chinese companies for their losses in Libya," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.
"We appreciate such positive remarks from the Libyan side and will continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to actively engage in the post-war reconstruction in Libya."

Liu also said that China welcomes the formation of  Libya's new government that was unveiled on Tuesday by the National Transitional Council.  

"The establishment of Libya's interim government marks an  important step forward in Libya's political transition process," he said.


...and the CPC in distant China propped up illegitimate rulers such as Muammar Qaddafi that, Hu be thanked, has been put out of commission.

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It goes against the sense of logic as to why the NTC government, now in power in Libya would agree to compensate China for her loses if Qaddafi was China's propped up dictator? Your brain must have been cooked beyond function!
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