Protests have erupted in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria demanding the jailing of police accused of large-scale violence during the revolutionary movement that forced out longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak: here.
Nonviolent Revolution Clarified: Five Myths and Realities Behind Egypt‘s Uprising. Cynthia Boaz, Truthout: “In Gandhian language, means and ends are inseparable. That which is won through violence must be sustained through violence. That which is won through mass civil nonviolent action is more legitimate and more likely to be sustainable over the long term. Additionally, how we understand and interpret the source of the power that emerged in Tunisia and Egypt last spring can go on to shape our long-term views about what is possible. If we consciously or unconsciously reinforce misconceptions or negative stereotypes about nonviolent action, we potentially undermine the morale of people engaged in ongoing struggles”: here.
“Arab Spring” Label Hampers Global Protests’ Solidarity Potential. J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “In its unsubtle suggestions of ‘foreign,’ ‘not white’ and implicit condescension, the handy moniker American media has developed in its attempt to make sense of 2011’s global unrest – ‘The Arab Spring’ – is counterrevolutionary, perhaps deliberately so. America loves a good historical precedent when naming something, and America insists on naming everything… The problem is the historical antecedent chosen is often an attempt to manipulate opinion and manufacture division. ‘The Arab Spring’ is an example; not only is the name wrong, but it’s also counterrevolutionary”: here.
UN official slams rally crackdown
MALAYSIA: The UN’s independent expert on freedom of speech has warned that the government’s violent crackdown on over 20,000 peaceful protesters demanding greater transparency in the electoral system could undermine democracy.
Speaking in Geneva on Monday Frank La Rue said that the “heavy-handed” policing of the rally on Saturday “risks undermining democratic progress in the country.”
International rights groups and Malaysian opposition parties denounced the government’s response to the country’s largest political rally in four years, which resulted in the arrest of 1,667 people on Saturday.
All were freed without immediate charges by Sunday.
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