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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

Sunday, July 31, 2005

So much for our democratic reforms

I guess I was a little harsh on the Egyptian National Security people in regards to our vigil. They were nice to us after all, while they could've done this: On Saturday, several hundred men and women were gathering to begin their march toward Cairo's main square when men in plainclothes descended on them, swinging billy clubs and assaulting the demonstrators. Burly government supporters surrounded activists sprawled on the pavement, kicking them in the head and ribs and tearing at their clothes. Others lifted protesters in the air by the arms and legs, hauling them off to police trucks. One elderly man wandered in a daze, his head bleeding. "Down with the rule of the dog Mubarak," one young man yelled as he was being clubbed. The Interior Ministry said the demonstrators had gathered illegally and, after refusing warnings to leave, threw stones at police. Security forces dispersed the gathering, arresting 20 people, who were still being held, the ministry said in a statement. Others were detained and released. A sign of things to come, No?


At 7/31/2005 06:11:00 PM, Blogger gatorbait said...

'"Down with the rule of the dog Mubarak," one young man yelled as he was being clubbed.'

I just do not see this as a way to bridge the gap between the government and the people, do you? Talk about piss poor remarks and timing.


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