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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Just in case you don't feel like clicking on the many many links provided in my last post, or you wanted to know more about our very depressing "democratic experiment", here is more post-referendum roundup: Baheyah ( a Kifaya member) posts more pictures ( also here , here and here) of the violence perpetrated by the Pro-Mubarak demonstrators against the Kifaya protesters. Alaa gives his own account of being attacked by the NDP goons during the demonstrations while the police didn't interfeere and was actually asking him questions while the demonstrators were attacking him and injuring his leg and head and breaking his glasses. The police were more interested in getting his camera then protecting him. He ended up losing his laptop as well. AFP has an article in arabic that shows a picture of beat up female Kifaya protesters getting arrested, and dragged by police in civillian cloths. Al Jazeerah reports that the voter turn-out was very low in cairo compared to the rural area, which in turn are not expected to have more then a 30%- 35% turnout. The article estimates voter turnout in cairo to be between 5-30%. Al Ahram reproted that they expected the turnout to be more then 70%, and for some reason had pictures of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak putting in their votes as well. Orientalism's Photo Essay has sparked a good discussion in its comments section. Al-Arabiyah (another arabic article) reports the different methods NDP Business men were bribing people so that they can go and vote in the referendum. Methods to encourage the "democratic process" included: an offer of 30 EGP and a dinner meal; 40 EGP and 4 bottles of Soda ; and A pill of Viagra ( i am not kidding) and a dinner meal or their monetary equivelant in EGP. And last but not least... Abu Aardvark has an excellent round-up himself, the only drawback is that it's filled with criticisms against Laura Bush- who just visited Egypt and - for praising Mubarak's reforms as a small step in the road to democrcay during her visit. As if somehow if she didn't praise it, they-NDP goons- wouldn't have done what they did yesterday to the demonstraters. Check out the other picture of a female demonstrater getting beat up in the middle of that post. Now if you excuse me, i have to go throw up. Nope, i am no longer suffering from a cold. This is just a side-effect of our own democracy in action. I am sure if you read those links you would udnerstand. Have a nice day!


At 5/26/2005 08:16:00 AM, Blogger Josie said...

First off, thanks for bringing this to our attention. I don't really know what to say other than I just find it so sad & disturbing. I do think it's a cop-out to blame Laura Bush for any of it because of her comments. I mean, what is the US supposed to do?

At 5/26/2005 10:21:00 AM, Blogger stefania said...

Sam, I put something about it on my blog.

At 5/26/2005 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

I think what interests me in you so much is that I can’t tell if you are exactly the kind of guy we need more of or an idiot that’s bringing us down. Don’t be insulted, in architecture one would hope a his building to spark debate; be hated by some and cherished by others. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured you out buddy ;)

At 5/26/2005 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Abdelrahman said...

Another excellent photo article:

Anyone want this translated into english? just leave a comment.

At 5/26/2005 10:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean, what is the US supposed to do?

Make immediate, direct, and loud comments detailing this use of force against peaceful demonstrations, and stating that the application of force against peaceful protesters is unacceptable.

If anyone dies under similar circumstances, you guys should quickly turn it into Kent State.

At 5/26/2005 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sucks. I don't see why anyone would be suprised by the beatings. When someone has power they keep it as long as they can. These goons are so sick they would punch a woman in the hatchet-wound. (<-worst slang EVER)

At 5/27/2005 01:16:00 AM, Blogger Kelli said...

I think this is the most depressing post you've written. I dont know what to say except that I greive with you for Egypt.

At 5/27/2005 04:07:00 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

"I mean, what is the US supposed to do?" ___ Tell Mubarak it is past time for him to retire. Ten years in office should be the absolute limit in any country. Aid should not be given to undemocratic countries.

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