Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces. Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the armed forces. Suleiman’s short statement was received with a roar of approval and by celebratory chanting and flag-waving from a crowd of hundreds of thousands
[portfolio_slideshow showtitles=false thumbs=false] The President’s promises and the bloody events of Wednesday February 2 We the protesters who are currently on sit-in at Tahrir (liberation) square in Cairo since January 25, 2011 strongly condemn the brutal attack carried out by the governing National Democratic Party’s (NDP) mercenaries at our location on Wednesday February 2, under the guise of “rally” in support of President Mubarak. This attack continues on Thursday February
A revolutionary, organic, engaged, democratic space has emerged in Tahrir Square. Numbers swell and fall throughout the day, people come and go, but intense and sophisticated political engagement remains a fixture. From debates about the relative merits of parliamentary vs presidential systems, to proposals about consititutional reforms, to suggested programmes of political transition, there is only one thing on everyone’s mind. Some debates are held around the numerous microphones, with crowds cheering or booing the speaker’s proposals. Some are held in small circles on the ground that attract passers by eager to listen or voice an opinion, all are open to everyone to participate.
The marvellous uprising of the Tunisian people has taken on revolutionary proportions. The coldblooded murder of more than 20 demonstrators by the police over the weekend did not have the effect the dictatorship hoped it would have. The result was not fewer demonstrations but more with even more people taking part who were more determined than ever not to be intimidated any longer. One thing is sure now: this tug
5/1/2011: A policeman of the “DI.A.S” motorcycle force ran over a 6-year old girl in the area of Menidi in NE Athens. The six-year old girl was signing the carols with another child. In Greece, the 6th of January is the Epiphany day and many children sing carols. According to eye-witnesses he dragged the child for about 150 meters and did not stop to help. The officer has been detained
The first recorded exercise for demonstrations’ suppression by the Greek army forces was held on 13 March 2002 in Veria (northern Greece). It was part of the 2nd Army Corps’ training, which was prepared for ‘pacification missions’ for the treatment of demonstrators. The pretext was the preparation of ‘pacification missions’ in order to handle ‘disorderly groups’ within civilian population. Between 13 and 15 June 2006 in the 951th Military Police