As security forces then began to fire anti-air craft guns over their heads
and the air filled with tear gas, the protesters' will finally broke.
But even as they fled in headlong panic, a helicopter sprayed gunfire at
them and more fell. Paramedics from ambulances that had rushed to the
scene darted forward to help the wounded, but they too were shot at.
Several were detained and at least one ambulance was impounded.
Medical staff at Salmaniya Medical Complex protest in response
to news that their paramedic crews and doctors were attacked
by police on Thursday.
Ahmed Butaki embraces his slain brother
Mohmoud Butaki at a hospital morgue on
Thursday in Manama.
NWO FAT FUCK DEFENDS REGIME:
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa
speaks during a press conference in Manama on Thursday.
Police action was necessary to pull Bahrain back from the
"brink of a sectarian abyss," he said.
This NWO stoolie stashes his loot in Swiss and Wall St Banks.
Along with the Saudi, Egyptian, Yemeni and other Arab Regimes
he works for the exactly same people who murdered thousands
in NYC on 9/11. Get it?[/quote] _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
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What are the secrets to a dictator’s survival? Why do some authoritarian regimes collapse following popular uprisings while others remain in power?
Let's take a look at the Arab world and the national protests that seem to be spreading like wildfire from one country to another. Egypt and Tunisia saw their despots fall victim to mass uprisings, and the people of Libya, Syria, Yemen and Algeria are now taking to the streets in an attempt to remove their own authoritarian regimes.
The popular revolts that led to the demise of Tunisian leader Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak seem to have sprung out of nowhere. But who in fact kicked them off?
In Tunisia, it all started when a young Tunisian vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, was slapped by a policewoman in broad daylight and his wares were confiscated. As a result, the 26-year-old set himself on fire, and his subsequent death on Jan 4 sparked an uprising that led to the downfall of a dictator who had ruled the country for 23 years.
But that was not the end of the story. The successful revolt in Tunisia inspired the people of Egypt to topple Mubarak, whose 30-year rule ended only 18 days after the uprising began.
So the tragic act of defiance by a young vegetable vendor acted as the catalyst that brought down two powerful dictators who had ruled for decades…with more possibly to fall before the political sand storm in the desert finally settles.
We Burmese had our own Bouazizi, but unfortunately not the same end result.
Phone Maw was a fifth year student at the Rangoon Institute of Technology who was killed by riot policy on March 13, 1988. His death sparked a nationwide popular uprising that toppled the Socialist regime of Ne Win, Burma's first dictator who had ruled the country for 26 years.
But Phone Maw's sacrifice did not eradicate dictatorship in Burma. His death led to Ne Win’s downfall in 1988, but the military dictatorship carried on since then, and in 1992 it appointed Than Shwe — an even more ruthless and oppressive dictator—as the new junta chief.
Two decades later, Snr-Gen Than Shwe is still in power. But he is aging and desirous of a legacy, so he is now orchestrating Burma’s transition to a “civilian dictatorship” in an effort to prolong the life of one of the world’s longest-running regimes while at the same time attempting to prolong his own.
Between Ne Win and Than Shwe (and a couple of care-taker despots in between), the Burmese people have now been ruled by a dictator for almost 50 years during a time when many other dictators have bitten the dust.
Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 before he was ousted by “People Power.” The Philippines later became one of the leading democratic nations in Southeast Asia despite experiencing several insurgencies.
Indonesian dictator Suharto ruled for 31 years until mass protests led to his political demise in 1998. The fall of Suharto brought democracy and a promising economy to Indonesia.
In 1989, East Germany’s Erich Honecker lost the power he had held for 18 years when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Likewise, dictators Mobutu Sese Seko of the Congo, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania and Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti were all deposed during the last few decades.
But in Burma, the dictators have managed not just to cling to power, but to build a foundation for maintaining their stranglehold on the country for the foreseeable future. Clearly, they have studied the unwritten rules of the “Dictator’s Survival Guide” and taken its lessons to heart.
What are some of the secrets to a dictator’s survival? Here are some that Than Shwe and the Burmese generals have practiced:
— Crush all protests as soon as possible
— Consolidate all security forces, especially the military, under one command
— Apply divide and rule techniques among dissidents and the public
— Show no sympathy toward any dissent (as Tunisian leader Ben Ali did for the street vendor.)
— Never negotiate with opponents
— Pay no attention to pressure or suggestions from the international community
Than Shwe has applied these techniques since taking power and they are still working well for him. His recent formation of a “civilian government,” following the convening a “civilian parliament,” appears to be his attempt to plant his seed of power in Burma and watch it grow even from beyond the grave.
If Than Shwe’s seed sprouts and grows to its intended fruition, he may become known as the “greatest” of all the world’s dictators…the man who rewrote the book on authoritarian rule and became revered by future generations of despots.
The people of Egypt and Tunisia should take note and learn from the experience of Burma. It's not yet clear that the collapse of Mubarak and Ben Ali will wash away authoritarian rule from their societies, and they each may have their own Than Shwe waiting in the wings, ready to make a move when the time is ripe.
Most likely, the Arab dictators-in-waiting, as well as those clinging to power right now, are already studying the moves of the master—Than Shwe.
The AP has an updated death toll in Benghazi - after a doctor in the city
told the agency that 35 protesters were killed on Friday:
The doctor from al-Jalaa hospital says he counted 35 bodies received at
his hospital alone, starting in the afternoon Friday.
He says witnesses and survivors told him most of the victims came from
an attempted protest outside the residential compound used by Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi when he visits Benghazi.
He says security forces inside the compound fired on protesters
demonstrating outside. The doctor spoke on condition his name not be
used for fear of retaliation. He said he could not keep track of the number
Yemen Protests: 'Friday of Rage'
Marked By Clashes As Protests Spread
02/18/11 08:20 AM Updated: 02/18/11 10:20 PM
SANAA, Yemen -- Riot police fired shots in the air and used tear gas
against thousands of government opponents who also clashed with
supporters of Yemen's longtime ruler on what protest organizers billed
as a nationwide "Friday of Rage." At least four people were wounded.
Riots also flared overnight in the southern port of Aden, the country's
second-largest city, with police shooting to death one demonstrator after
cars and a local government building were set ablaze, officials said. Tens
of thousands rallied in the southern city of Taiz, a hotbed of dissent.
It was the eighth straight day of protests in Yemen inspired by uprisings
in Egypt and Tunisia. Demonstrators in the Arab world's poorest country
are calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh - a key U.S. ally
in fighting al-Qaida terrorists - who has ruled the country for 32 years.
Organizers using social media sites Facebook and Twitter in summoning
people to the streets for the "Friday of Rage" following noon prayer, and
tens of thousands responded in the major cities of Sanaa, Taiz and Aden.
A preacher at the Sanaa University mosque spoke out against torture and
beating of demonstrators, telling many protesters who had gathered
there: "We have been living for 30 years without purpose or hope."
After the service, the protesters marched toward the presidential palace,
chanting anti-government slogans, and were met by riot police and
hundreds of Saleh supporters, similar to confrontations earlier this week.
The pro-and anti-government sides attacked each other with rocks, and
the riot police began firing in the air and launching tear gas canisters.
At least four people were hurt seriously enough to be taken away by
ambulances. The demonstrators dispersed to other streets, some of
which were blocked by police.
In Aden, protesters burned four government cars and a local council
building in the Sheik Othman neighborhood. Similar government buildings
in the Mansoura and Crater districts were set on fire in the past two days.
Later on Friday, thousands marched through the city.
A large demonstration also was reported in eastern Hadramawt province,
where police fired in the air to disperse protesters.
Saleh, a weak but increasingly important partner for Washington,
had pledged not to seek re-election in 2013 and not to pass power to his
son. The promise was seen as an attempt to defuse growing calls for his
Opposition groups said they are suspicious of Saleh's offer, however, and
want concrete proposals for change.
Libya: Sites Blocked, Electricity Cut Off
In Attempt To Quell Protests
BBC News reports:
Libya has taken a series of measures, including blocking internet sites
and shutting off electricity to protest areas, to try to quell rising unrest.
Foreign journalists operate under restrictions in Libya, so it has been
impossible to independently verify much of the information coming out of
But the BBC has confirmed that several websites - including Facebook
and al-Jazeera Arabic - have been blocked.
And the airport in Benghazi, the country's second largest city, has been
closed, amid reports that protesters have taken it over.
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
The White House has just released
the following statement:
President Obama Speaks To King Of Bahrain
President Obama spoke with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain
this evening to discuss the ongoing situation in Bahrain. The President
reiterated his condemnation of the violence used against peaceful
protesters, and strongly urged the government of Bahrain to show
restraint, and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.
As a long-standing partner of Bahrain, the President said that the United
States believes that the stability of Bahrain depends upon respect for the
universal rights of the people of Bahrain, and a process of meaningful
reform that is responsive to the aspirations of all Bahrainis.
Rough Translation from Washington
Double-speak into English Follows:
President Obama Rips King Of Bahrain A New One
"What the fuck are we paying you and your useless
goons billionsof dollars for," wonders Obama
President Obama ripped King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain
a new one this evening over his government's incompetent handling
of revolting peasants.
The President condemned the idiocy of publicly filmed violence against
the peasant protester scum, and strongly urged the government of
Bahrain to murder on a much larger scale -but quietly
and well out of sight.
As a long-standing stoolie regime of the New World Order,
the President said that Bahrain has to stop this universal rights
bullshit in it's tracks or not only Bahrain, but other stoolie Regimes
were going to find themselves in escalating deep shit.
He urged the King to implement meaningless reform to try and
deflect the aspirations of all Bahrainis.
"What the fuck are we paying you and your useless goons billions
of dollars for, if you can't stomp on these low life's effectively,
he roared at the Bahrainian King.
"I've just had Bush Senior chew my fukken ear off for half a
fukken hour!! He's going fukken ballistic!!," added Obama.
"And I don't have to tell you that he's going to fukken feed you
your own balls if you don't get your fukken shit together pronto!!,
he added before slamming down the phone.
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