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A violent explosion

Similar things happened in Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya today, so I’m going to put all three stories in just one post.  There were more protests today (remember Friday is the holy day in Islam, so it’s on Fridays that you can expect the largest protests), and in all three states there were violent responses to protests.  Based on reports that I’ve read this morning, in Bahrain retreating mourners of a funeral procession were fired on from a helicopter, in Yemen someone threw a grenade at protesters, and in Libya reports suggest that 24 are dead around the city following a government crackdown.  The stories also suggest that medical personnel and media members are considered fair targets in efforts to repress demonstrations.  Some links:  Al Jazeera article on Yemen, BBC News article on Bahrain, New York Times article on Libya.

Maybe it doesn’t need to be said, but I think that it is important that we stop and really consider how incredible the killing of a non-violent protester is.

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One Response

  1. It’s devastating to me that a person (like Gaddafi) can be so heartless toward his own people. I had read all this news before, but now that the death toll in Libya is in the multiple hundreds, it really sheds light on how horrific an already-corrupt government’s response can be to protests, even peaceful ones.

    I agree SO much that everyone needs to stop and think about how incredible and incredibly brutal this killing is, especially to non-violent protestors. Gaddafi’s launched his own country into civil war, and it’s impossible to overstate how appalling his response to revolution is.

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