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May 11, 2006

Mubarak 'Stomping On Democracy' As Egyptian Police Beat Pro-Democracy Marchers -


[2 Female protesters. One has the words "No to injustice" written in arabic on her hand, while the other has Free Egypt inscribed on hers. (Image - Egyptian Sandmonkey)]

Thousands of Egyptian riot police beat pro-democracy activists today, chasing and dragging them through the streets to break up a demonstration in support of judges who blew the whistle on election fraud. The violence appears to signal a tough new zero tolerance stance by the government toward protests demanding reform and expressing discontent that President Hosni Mubarak has backed off promises of democratic change and has decided to 'stomp on democracy' instead.

Time reports that only 15 minutes into the demonstration, screams erupted and people began running in every direction in panic. State security had arrived, and before long it was clear that Egypt's authoritarian government still had the upper hand in its year-long struggle with democracy activists.

Roger Hardy writes at BBC News that Egypt's taste for reform has apparently "soured": Continue reading ...

Posted by Richard at May 11, 2006 10:02 PM

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