Eco Mann | 1 Jul 02:14 2011
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MMM. Some recurring situations in the "Arab Spring"


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Date: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:26 AM
Subject: DW. NOTE ON SOME RECURRING SITUATIONS IN THE "ARAB SPRING"
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NOTE ON SOME RECURRING SITUATIONS IN THE "ARAB SPRING"                        

I have had a front row television seat for the series of revolutions taking place throughout the Arab world, which have become known as the "Arab Spring."  These revolutions have been directed as street protests by mostly unarmed citizens against their autocratic governments.  Here are some responses by each side to this situation; which you should know about:

   1)  Snipers used by the government on rooftops to murder protest leaders:  These snipers are from the police services or the armies of the government, and have often been used to pick off persons in marches believed to be leaders of the marches, or even to fire en masse upon the marchers themselves.  Many marchers believed that their governments would never murder people for complaining about starving, homelessness, or lack of civil rights--these marchers were wrong.  The war will be won on the rooftops, and these must be occupied, but look out for helicopters!;

 2) Secret, plain clothes policemen infiltrating street demos and marches:  Nearly always in mass demonstrations the cops or army block off certain sections of a city or town which lead to government offices or commercial (banks) areas with some kind of barricades or lines of armored police.  On the marching side of these barricades however, there are many secret, plain clothes police waiting to pick off protest leaders by arrest or sometimes by shooting.  They alway wear durable clothes (jeans, leather jackets) because they expect to be fighting, and they work by grabbing protesters and hauling them quickly across the police barricades to be arrested.  They always carry identification which identifies them as police.  In Cairo, these people were themselves detained by marchers, who found the police IDs and kept them (and often beat the undercover cops or kept them prisoner.  Marchers in the vanguards of demonstrations need to watch out for each other, and watch out for plain clothes cops, and defend each other when arrests are attempted;

  3)  Counterdemonstrators, mercenaries, armies and such:  When situations get out of control for the government, they call in help in the form of opposing mobs, mercenaries, or even foreign armies.  In Egypt, this led to volley and counter volley of Molotov cocktails and rocks in the streets, and even horse and camel charges by sympathizers of the government.  In Bahrain, even a foreign army (from Saudi Arabia) was called in by the government to shoot it's own citizens; in Libya, foreign mercenaries from surrounding countries were called in to beat or murder the protesting citizens of that country or migrant workers and illegal aliens were paid to do the same, and at very high rates.  Often in Libya, hardhats and helmets of a particular color along with cudgels and long sticks or pipes were issued to the scabs to distinguish them from the protesting citizens.  In Bahrain, tanks and armored personnel vehicles were used against protestors.  In Libya, jet fighters were called out to bomb and strafe demonstrators.  One should never believe the claims of democracy foisted about by fascist governments, for the only policy of such governments is to enslave their own citizens by whatever means are available;

 4)  Encirclement tactics of the government:  the unpopular governments  always tried to hem in demostrators by encirclement and isolation.  In Cairo, the demonstrators posted lookouts in side streets and behind the marchers to prevent this from happening; 

 5)  Co-oopting the revolution:  when the situation became nearly lost, the governments would often stage fake firings of Justice Ministers and such whipping boys, only to replace them with more of the same from within the government.  In Cairo and Tunis, the marchers and demonstrators established "Committees for the Defense of the Revolution" to examine all candidates for replaced ministers and to keep track of policies of the new governments to ensure that real progress was being made, and  prevent the gains made by the people from being lost once the autocrats had left.  Revolutions are not things of days, weeks, or months: they must be nutured and cared for, and the old regime must be excluded from positions of influence or power.  What was bad before will not be made better by a temporary holiday.

6) Just yesterday, I saw a piece on the situation in White Russia(Byelorussia), where a fascist government is torturing political opponents.  There, flash mobs of protestors have been organinized for certain times and days of the week at certain places, where marches then take place without signs or slogans being exhibited, only clapping and making noise.  In this way, the marchers hope to make their wishes known without being subject to arrest for treason or whatever trumped up nonsense the government is calling "disturbing the social order." This seems to be working, as the government knows full well why people march, but they cannot pin charges on people for just marching along, clapping.
                                

 I have tried to give some examples of what democratic people's movements will experience during times of unrest.  These examples should by no means be thought to be limited to the Arab World or to other countries.  The Fascist attack is going on world wide now, and the scenes I have just described will surely be played out in New York City, Washington, London, Moscow, Rome, and elsewhere when the people find that they can no longer bear the injustices of their own governments.


End the oppression of cannabis and its consumers. Self defense is always correct, and it is never illegal.  b_jb2001


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Eco Mann | 10 Jul 11:53 2011
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MMM. USA. 5% of world's people & 25% of world's prisoners


Pass it on.

Total U.S. incarcerated population.

USA and territories. 2,424,279 inmates in 2008.
Free chart in the public domain. Bureau of Justice Statistics. With less than 5% of world population the USA has over 2.4 million of 9.8 million world prisoners. The majority of U.S. inmates are in due to the drug war. The number of i nmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. [1]

"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners."


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