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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, November 24, 2005

Man killed in egyptian election violence, tractor involved

This election is getting weirder and weirder by the day. Two days after the second stage of the election claimed 1 person dead and numerous others injured amidst clashes that involved chairs and swords, there are now 21 more others injured and another person dead, interestingly, killed by a tractor of all things. Are we inventive or what? In northwestern el-Gharbiya province on Sunday, supporters of the National Democratic Party candidate, Mustafa Mohammed Kamal, allegedly blocked the roads in the village of winner Sayyed Jabur Habayeb, preventing students from going to school. A rumour that Kamal's supporters had kidnapped five schoolgirls led the independent supporters to attack Kamal's village on Wednesday. They reportedly kidnapped 25 men, dragging one of them behind a tractor until he died, said a police official who did not want to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media. More then 21 people got inured in those clashes as well. What makes this incident even more interesting is the fact that the NDP candidate supporter is the one claiming that the police is forging the election against him. Yeah, and he may have a valid point: His opponent is a police general. Oh, so now the police is biased and forges elections? Ahh..Ok! The constituency in the Gharbiya governorate which voted in last week's second phase of legislative elections has been the scene of several incidents since the victory of an independent candidate, police General Sayyed Gaber. Supporters of losing candidate Mohammed Kamel Marai from President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) had accused the police of interfering in favour of the general and rigging the results. This is quite funny, because it shows that the police can turn rogue on the NDP and no one in that party can do anything about it. Is it just me or are they looking weaker by the minute? Anyway.... In essence this shows one thing very clearly: the police are corrupt and after their own benefit, and no one is immune to their betrayel, even the NDP candidates. Maybe they should take the recommendation of the Judges club on this to save face and bring the army in to restore a sembelnce of order. The group called for results from polling stations that saw violence to be annulled and for the military to replace police in protecting elections, saying the army was more neutral and held the respect of the people. That would be something. Even if they are a little biased towards the NDP, they at least wouldn't be as corrupt, and they wouldn't allow the disarray we are experiencing, you know? Hmm.....


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