Egyptian, Tunisian pro-democracy movements continue

This video is called Egyptian workers and youth denounce Tantawi regime.

Egyptian military delays election as opposition mounts: here.

Thousands of protesters opposed to the US-backed military regime of General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt clashed with pro-government thugs during demonstrations on Saturday: here.

CAIRO: Across Egypt, the names of former President Hosni Mubarak and his wife Susanne Mubarak are prominent, at metro stations, on buildings, libraries and other state-run facilities. The revolution had hoped to remove their names from these public locations, but an Egyptian appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of keeping the names where they currently stand: here.

AMNESTY International has urged the Egyptian authorities to ensure that an activist thought to have been arrested on 23 July is immediately freed and that he is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment: here.

Egypt: Kuwaiti ship spills oil in Red Sea: CAIRO: A Kuwaiti ship was penalized $500,000 for polluting Suez Canal: here.

In recent days Tunisian security forces have violently attacked a new wave of anti-government protests across the country: here.

Protests in Jordan: here.

Malawi Governmentt Blocks Funeral of Unrest Victims: here.

Malawi: Mutharika Bans Four Radio Stations: here.

12 thoughts on “Egyptian, Tunisian pro-democracy movements continue

  1. Staff at Egyptian Communication Ministry stage protest

    On July 17, dozens of employees at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology organized a protest at the ministry’s headquarters to call for permanent contracts, reported Al Mary Al Youm.

    “One of the employees said the ministry is dragging its feet on the issue even though other ministries have already taken this step,” said the news source.

    According to MENA, the state news agency, the same employee complained that the ministry has reduced the pay of some engineers by 40 percent.

    The workers are calling for the hiring of 1,800 employees on a permanent basis and a restructuring of salaries. They complain of wage disparities at the ministry.


  2. Armed groups attack protesters
    Sunday 24 July 2011
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    10,000 pro-democracy demonstrators met with violence near military’s headquarters

    Men armed with knives and sticks attacked thousands of protesters trying to march to the headquarters of the ruling junta in Cairo on Saturday, injuring more than 100 people and setting off fierce street clashes.

    Around 10,000 demonstrators set out from Liberation Square, chanting: “Down with military rule.”

    They were stopped from reaching the military base in the eastern Abbasiyah neighborhood by a line of army barricades.

    Bands of men armed with knives and sticks then set upon them from side roads and in front of the military barricades, leading to street battles in which both sides threw punches and hurled rocks.

    Gunfire was heard but it was not clear who was shooting. Some petrol bombs were thrown, igniting large blazes in the middle of the street and near buildings.

    The identity of the attackers could not immediately be determined. Similar groups have tried to break up other rallies, and former president Hosni Mubarak’s regime often used hired thugs to attack protesters.

    Some witnesses said they might have been residents or shopkeepers angry at the loss of business as a result of the protests. Others said local residents threw water bottles to the protesters and helped them reach safety.

    A medical official said more than 140 people were taken to hospital.

    The violence broke out following a televised speech by Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council which seized control of the country on February 11.

    Around a thousand people have been camped out in Tahrir Square since July 8 to pressure the military to try those accused of killing nearly 900 protesters during the 18-day uprising.

    So far only one low-ranking policeman has been charged in absentia for killing protesters.

    Opposition forces have criticised the generals for dragging their feet in bringing former regime officials to trial as well as trying civilians in military courts.


  3. Baradei points finger at junta

    EGYPT: Nobel peace-laureate Mohamed el-Baradei called for a “national coalition” on Tuesday, including liberals and Islamists, to stand in planned elections and slammed the ruling junta’s decision not to allow international monitors to observe the vote.

    “There must be a parliament that represents all Egyptians,” Mr Baradei said.
    Some believe the appeal is due to concern that the Muslim Brotherhood could win outright if it stood on its own, while others said a coalition was the best way to prevent former officials of the Mubarak regime from gaining power by buying votes.


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