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A British citizen accuses an officer of police brutality

A British citizen accuses an officer of police brutality. This year Christmas is being celebrated in a 2.0 fashion. And a site offering web users the opportunity to attend the Davos World Economic Forum

UK: BLOGGER SEEKS POLICE OFFICER 

The latest post from British blogger and activist Jody McIntyre is entitled “Wanted!”, and is accompanied by two photographs of a policeman. The young man who suffers from cerebral palsy is accusing the policeman of pulling him from his wheel chair and dragging him along the street during the student demonstrations in London on the 9th of December. 

Ever since these amateur images began circulating on sharing sites, the incident has been a hot topic of conversation on the British web. We see Jody McIntyre pulled to the ground by a police officer. As we can hear, protesters at the scene were outraged by this brutal intervention.

The young man has decided to find his tormentor and is relying on the help of web users’. Via his Twitter account in particular, he is asking them to circulate photos of the suspect to try and identify the policeman.

And online mobilisation is growing. Numerous Facebook groups like these ones have been set up on the social network, condemning the police brutality against Mr McIntyre and demanding that justice be done. The groups now have several thousand members, all offering the disabled man their support. 

The strong mobilisation has prompted the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the IPCC to open up an investigation into this incident. The commission has stated that other complaints of police brutality have been filed by student demonstrators and are currently being reviewed by the services. 

CHRISTMAS 2.0 

This year the nativity story is being told in a 2.0 fashion. In this video, a Portuguese digital marketing agency has imagined the birth of Jesus in the social network era. Mary and Joseph would have announced the good news by email, the Three Kings would have been invited through a Facebook event and there would have been Google searches to work out the best way to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem … nothing has been left out. It’s a fun way of revisiting the Christmas story. 

And the story appears to have inspired many others. St Paul’s cathedral in New Zealand has enlisted help from its younger parishioners to tell the nativity story. The children explain in their own words their version of the birth of Jesus and remind us that Christmas is above all for children.

Members of the Bowen Beer Bottle Band have opted for an original way of celebrating the festive season. They are using empty beer bottles as instruments to play totally new versions of traditional Christmas carols.

Others have organized flash mobs to try and spread the Christmas spirit. This trend enjoyed particular success in North America this year. As illustrated in these videos, dozens of flash mobs were organized in the US and Canada, with people of all ages singing Christmas songs together.

And as is the case every year, children can follow Santa Claus’ journey on the night before Christmas. His trip around the globe will be broadcast live on the site noradsanta.org.

DAVOS 2011 

The site « Your chance to attend Davos 2011 » in partnership with YouTube is offering web users the chance to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos on the 26th of January. Participants have until the 14th of January to post a one minute long video on the sharing site with innovative ideas on the importance of inclusive growth. The winner will be taken to Switzerland to meet world leaders.

VLADIMIR PUTIN 

« These people are wondering what camp in Siberia they will be sent to ».  People might feel uncomfortable in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and so the site “Uncomfortable moments with Putin” has gathered photos of the former president with unknown people as well as politicians and added amusing captions.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Firemen from Cottage Grove, a city in the US State of Oregon decided to decorate their fire engine for Christmas this year. They needed 10 000 coloured lights and 40 hours of labour. The result is pretty successful and should be a hit with people of all ages.

By Electron Libre

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