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Pakistan's terror attacks shock the internet

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-29

The online community reacts to the terrorist attacks in Pakistan with videos and blogging. Also in this edition of Web news, a campaign to turn out voters for the European elections and a cat that plays piano (video).

Terrorist attacks in Pakistan

 

This is the Taliban spokesperson for Pakistan, in an online interview in which he condemns the army offensive against his movement. His group has claimed responsibility for the Lahore attack that killed 24 on Wednesday,  followed the next day by a wave of bombings in Peshawar, in the northwest of the country.

 

Net users rapidly mobilised following the series of attacks to circulate information they had obtained. On Twitter, in particular, numerous live testimonies were posted. Bloggers then posted online photos taken after the attacks.

 

This US international relations specialist explains why Lahore was targeted by the Taliban. According to him, Lahore was a symbolic target, with the majority of army members and the political class coming from the city.

 

The attacks have angered this Pakistani blogger. He feels that they were foreseeable, with the army having accentuated its fight against the Taliban in the Swat valley. He says the government should have stepped up security measures in the countrys large cities.

 

But for this other net user, the attacks could be a final effort by the Taliban. According to him, the Pakistani army is about to eradicate the militants, and they are left with their backs to the wall.

 

Meanwhile, a report available online looks into the fate of Taliban children in Pakistan. Some, like this young boy, claim to be ready to carry out suicide attacks in Pakistan or other countries.

 

European elections

 

From consumer protection to energy questions, this series of videos created by the European youth parliament  aims to illustrate, in a somewhat wacky way, the impact that Euro parliament decisions can have on everyday life.

 

With the approach of the European elections, set to take place from June 4-7, fear of low voter turnout is mobilising the Web. And as shown in this video, posted by a Swedish man, net users are competing in terms of creativity to call EU citizens out to the polls.

 

The online initiatives are aimed mainly at young people. These Belgian students, for example, have broadcast a rap song to explain the importance of voting to net users.

 

A French foundation has drawn inspiration from a campaign led by Hollywood film stars to mobilise young American voters during the 2008 presidential election. Young Europeans encourages net users to go to the official vote site to find information and to send the video to their friends.

 

And on Youtube, an interactive platform has been set up to stimulate debate about the elections. Net users can ask questions about the vote, questions that will then be answered by specialists.

 

 

Date created : 2009-05-29

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