Arab Spring Weekly Update
Riot police in Bahrain brutally beat 70 year-old Ali Hussein Al Dihi while he was on his way home. Activists on Twitter and other social networks have called for a mass funeral for Dihi before 8:00 AM tomorrow. Dihi’s picture was posted on Facebook and Twitter to show support for his family on Wednesday, when Diti passed away at A Naim Medical Center. Syrian online activists wrote:
هدوء وحزن شديد يعم قرية الديه مع إرتفاع صوت الحق بعد خبر إستشهاد الحاج علي حسنالديهي / لايك
Extreme silence and sorrow spread through the village of Aldih when people heard of the martyrdom of Haj Ali Hussein Al Dihi
The funeral of the martyr Haj Ali Hussein Al Dihi, 70 years old, will be tomorrow in Dieh in Shaikh Ibrahim Mosque at 8:00 AM
Cyber-activists are highlighting that Syrian regime has not kept its promise to withdraw the army from all cities and allow Arabic media into Syria, as mandated by the Arabic Initiative that President Bashar Assad signed. Activists published a Google map with the locations of 64 checkpoints that still exist in Homs, a video showing armored vehicles in the city, and another video contrasting a local newspaper headline with a tank right outside the window. Activists also published a list of 15 people who were killed in Homs after the the Arabic Initiative was signed. They also posted this video of 14 year-old Amjad Hamed Al Asami’s body. He was killed by military forces in the city of Dael.
The Syrian Revolution Facebook page named this coming Friday the “No Fly Zone" Friday, asking the international community to intervene and put an end to the daily human rights abuses that are committed by the Syrian regime. The page has more than 300,000 fans and has an essential role in the ongoing Syrian revolution. Hundreds shared this picture that appeared on the Syrian Revolution Facebook wall. As part of the protest, store owners in the following cities got creative, shutting down their stores in protest: Amude, Barza, Hama, Lattakia, Homs, Qara, Dair Al Zour, Daria city, Aleppo city (Sakhour Area).
Ali Bagheri wrote on his Facebook page “Iranian news agencies that support Ahmadinejad reported that ‘Ahmadinejad made an unannounced trip to the Zidar Village.’ However, they did not report that senior citizens waited for hours to hear Ahmadinejad’s message, ‘I know that NATO wants to rob Libya’!!” [Ahmadinejad talked about Libya and Nato in his speech to the villagers]
رسانهها نوشتهاند "حضور سرزده احمدینژاد در جمع مردم روستای زيدر"! امام این پیرمرد و پیرزن چندین ساعت چشم به جاده دوختهاند تا محمود برسه و بهشون بگه من اطلاع دقیق دارم که ناتو میخاد ثروت لیبی رو چپاول کنه!!
In response to the military government’s decision to bar expat Egyptians from voting in the upcoming elections, Egyptians created this Facebook page, calling on Egyptians living abroad to stop sending money to Egypt and to remove their money from Egyptian banks.
Egyptians reacted on Twitter this week when the criminal court sentenced the policemen responsible for the torture and death of dissident Khaled Said to only seven years in prison. Immediately after Said’s death, Egyptians created the Facebook group We Are All Khaled Said, which helped trigger the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
Activists responded online to the sentence:
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اللى قتلوا خالد سعيد خدوا سبع سنين و اللى خرق حظر التجوال خد 15 سنه #khaledSaid
He who killed Khaled Said received a sentence of 7 years and those who broke the curfew have received 15 years of prison
سبع سنوات بعد إثبات التهمة على قتلة خالد سعيد .. النهاردة بس خالد سعيد مات
Only seven years against the killer of Khaled Said. Today, Khaled Said died
On November 1st, a leader of the revolution movement in Yemen, Tawakkol Karman, published an article in The Guardian, calling on the international community to put pressure on Yemeni President Saleh to abdicate. Today, “Peacefulness is Our Choice” Friday, Yemeni activists tweeted videos of protests in Al Baidha, Taiz, and Sanaa. In Sanaa, demonstrators unveiled a Message to the World, written in seven languages and covered with over a million hand-prints. The banner will be delivered to Secretary General of the UN by the UNICEF office in Yemen. It calls on the United Nations to condemn President Saleh’s oppressive regime.