Philippines. August 25. Youths were sprayed with a water cannon as they protested Thursday in Quezon, Philippines, against proposed National Expenditure Program, a program that would decrease subsidies at state universities and colleges by more than $12 million.
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The Longest Dictatorship in the World is Brought Down to its Knees
“This development, with the capital creating its own nationalist mythos of revolutionary participation, is the very best thing that could have happened. Instead of being liberated (and somewhat subjected) from the outside by Berber or Cyrenaican revolutionaries, Tripoli enters the Second Republic with its own uprising to its name, as a full equal able to gain seats on the Transitional National Council once the Qaddafis and their henchmen are out of the way. There will be no East/West divide. My hopes for a government of national unity as the last phase of the revolution before parliamentary elections now seem more plausible than ever. Tellingly, Tunisia and Egypt both recognized the TNC as Libya’s legitimate government through the night, as the Tripoli uprising unfolded. Regional powers can see the new Libya being born.”
My god, it is so beautiful. MashaAllah. I want to be there so badly.
Libyan rebels took over the TV and radio stations in Tripoli!
Protesters dress as dead bodies in KafarNabl in Syria after many of their village were killed, they write “even our dead want the topple of the regime”. 2nd June 2011.
- 4 August - Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham. (profile)
- 6 August - Duggan’s family formally identify his body. Around 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station wanting “justice”. Bottles are thrown and it begins.
(it’s unclear who started. There are various reports online that give the blame to either the police or the protesters)
Pictures: Tottenham before & after
Article: Tottenham Riots - a peaceful protest, then suddenly all hell broke loose
- 7 August - Investigation starts after all the fires are under control. 26 police officers where injured, 55 arrests where made. Local MP David Lammy tells that community has “had the heart ripped out of it”. Later that day reports come of of windows being smashed and looting has started in various areas of London (Brixton, and more)
Pictures: Further outbreaks of violence and looting in London
Article: Second night of violence in London - and this time it was organised
- 8 August - Various police officers are injured. Scotland Yard talks about “copycat criminal activity across London in small and mobile groups.” Police talks about gangs of youth. Current reports in twitter talk of more riots in London, also possible in Birmingham (x) & Leeds.
Interesting reads (all from The Guardian):
- Brixton: could it happen again? 30 years after the riots
- Looting ‘fuelled by social exclusion’
- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored
Keep up to date:
Also (unconfirmed), apparently during the two days of riots in London, more has been destroyed than during the demonstrations in Egypt & Tunisia.
Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Police were arresting him when the shooting occurred. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. The disorder spread to other neighborhoods as well, with shops being looted in the chaos. Collected here are images from the rioting and the aftermath. — Lane Turner (26 photos total)
Sana’a, Yemen. In Taghyir Sqaure, an anti-government demonstrator writes slogans on the wall in his own blood. “With my blood I protect Yemen.” Photo Credit: Suhaib Salem/Reuters
|—||A UNAMA report on the civilian death toll, released today, gives a grim outlook. The past six months were the worst of the decade for civilians: 1462 were killed. Insurgents are responsible for 80% of the deaths, an increased share. Pro-government forces are also responsible for an increased number of casualties, particularly from the controversial air strikes. (Read more posts on civilian casualties in Afghanistan at The Political Notebook.)|