This is a video from Rabat in Morocco today, of police violence against demonstrating doctors.
Scattered protests flared in Rabat during the evening of Tuesday May 24 as a crowd of approximately 100 youth demanded that the government answer to the rampant problem of poverty and unemployment: here.
Yemen Special: 3 Days That Escalated a Conflict: here.
AAPSO Statement on 25 MAY- AFRICA DAY
The celebration this year of the 25 MAY-AFRICA DAY presents its particularity of being marked by outburst of revolutionary uprisings that had shaken the north of the African continent. In fact, an eventful beginning of year has thrown Africa to the forefront of the international arena. For the first time in the post-colonial era of Africa, the word Revolution has firmly and resolutely resounded across the continent.
Tunisia and Egypt had been the theatre of popular revolt leading to the stepping down of their respective presidents with the protesters demanding democratic changes, meaningful reforms of the social fabrics. Few days were enough for the dictators and corrupt leaders to be toppled by the most determined Tunisian and Egyptian popular forces. These were rightly considered as a milestone in the history of both countries and as mass movement starting from inside without the interference of outsiders. The untenable situation had stirred the people’s revolt, mainly the youth, in these given circumstances and the progressive masses in the world hailed the movements.
The Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organisation had congratulated the Tunisian and Egyptian peoples for their historical achievements as an example of peaceful change and transition of power.
These two Revolutions had decisively destroyed the myth that the corrupt leaders and other dictators could remain as untouchable and unchallengeable and can rule their own countries indefinitely and exploit their own people with impunity.
In Libya, conditions for changes seemed to be ripe. A revolutionary movement emanating from the popular masses is in the making there. Unlike the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, the clashes between the protesters and the forces of the regime have led to bloody war. The most dangerous is that Libyan regime used mercenaries to oppress the people which, with extreme violence and more crimes, had killed and injured hundreds. The regime had even went too far by qualifying the protestors as rats, terrorists.
The Libyan regime had started to collapse following the multiple resignation of many of its top officials. Moreover, foreign Western forces were quick to intervene, using the UN Resolution 1973 supported by the Arab League and three of African representatives at the Security Council, to enforce the changes and giving the impression that Libyan oil was served as ulterior motive for the action. These foreign powers seemed to be motivated by vested interests in Libyan oil, thus acting in clearly hypocritical way. Massacres were being committed by both the regime and the foreign military intervention It is worth noting that the African Union was not in fever of such intervention in Libya while seeking a peaceful manner to solve the crisis and so were countries like Russia, India. Libyan people need changes from the top so as democracy and social justice should prevail in the country and for the nascent revolution to succeed.
AAPSO is very concerned with the situation in Libya. AAPSO thinks to find a solution to the crisis would be to stop the fightings which had caused many deaths among the Libyan. That would create an atmosphere conducive to mutual trust, stability and peace to the country.
The lamentable event in Cote d’ Ivoire did not affect the euphoria over the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Instead, it had badly tarnished the image of Africa. Protagonists struggling for political power there had embarked in a dead-end wrestling following the presidential election held there the result of which was strongly contested by the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo who did not want to step down. Consequently, fightings had then erupted, using heavy weapons, armored vehicles and heavy artillery in their fights against each other causing the death of hundreds people. Deadly conflict had followed akin to civil war which threatened the partition of the country. After weeks of exchanging fires between the two camps, Laurent Gbagbo was finally dislodged from his “bunker” by combined forces including French troops, and arrested.
The Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organisation reiterates its call for a political, peaceful manner of dealing with the issue in Cote d’ Ivoire. National reconciliation with honest and inclusive dialogue is crucial to pave the way to stability and enforced national unity the Ivorian people need.
In Libya and Cote d’ Ivoire, AAPSO strongly supports the efforts deployed by the African Union to find any possible and appropriate solution to African problems.
While revolutionary movements continue shaking parts of Africa, the continent is still bearing the burden of the state of poverty and backwardness with its trails of misery, unemployment, violations of human rights, worsening living conditions, corruption. Together with freedom and social justice, all of these were exactly the main demands formulated by the revolting people of Tunisia and Egypt. Africa needs extensive development programs conducive to meeting people demands in order to improve their basic social conditions.
Against all these backgrounds, and notwithstanding the black side of some events, Africa marks its Day of the 25 MAY with pride and expectations, giving the highest value to the import and significance of the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions while warning against any possible counter-revolutionary destructive activities.
The Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organisation heartily hailed both these Revolutions as a landmark in the history of Africa and hopes the waves of changes for more democracy and respect of human rights will take over the rule of lawlessness, violence, conflicts and corruption.
US citizen seeks right to return
KUWAIT: Lawyers for a US citizen trapped in the country have written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to demand he be allowed home.
Moroccan-born Aziz Nouhaili had his passport confiscated by the US embassy and told he should “no longer consider himself a US citizen.”
The embassy said that Mr Nouhaili had lied to obtain his citizenship over 20 years ago, but he has never been charged over the matter.
His lawyer Gadeir Abbas said his client would have no problems if he were not a Muslim. “I doubt they would take such drastic action if he were of a different faith,” he said.
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