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Latest update : 2011-02-07

Web users are wondering who the supporters of Hosni Mubarak actually are

Web users are wondering who the supporters of Hosni Mubarak actually are. The suspicions death of a Chinese activist stirs up the local web. And a rapper sums up the story of hip hop in 4 minutes.

Who are the pro-Mubarak protesters? 

“Stop calling them pro-Mubarak, they’re thugs.” This comment made by Weddady on Twitter illustrates how some anti-regime Egyptians feel about the pro-Hosni Mubarak protestors. According to many web users, these supporters of the head of state have connections with the authorities and are trying to sabotage the popular uprising.

Nick Kristof, a journalist at the New York Times, has been in the Egyptian capital since the protests began, and says the vast majority of these so called « supporters » of the President are showing alarming similarities … the same talking points, the same signs and the same hostility to journalists. Kristof thinks they are coordinating their actions and there is nothing unplanned about it.
 
Darin Bradley expresses a similar sentiment and shares his surprise that Mubarak’s supporters used, amongst other things, tear gas against their opponents. And he wonders how they could have got their hands on such equipment. 

The Black Nile, an anonymous web user, claims that some of Mubarak’s supporters were quite simply hired by the authorities in exchange for 8 dollars 50 and a packet of cigarettes. 
 
And many believe the government is hiring people to dress up as pro-Mubarak protestors. And in an article written on the “Business Insider” web site, Gary White claims that in addition, many of the President’s supporters are actually public servants already on the system’s payroll.

Khalid Baheyeldin meanwhile stresses that clashes between pro and anti-Mubarak protestors have now spread onto the web as the Internet seems to have resumed a normal service in the country. Several Facebook groups supporting the President have been set up over the past few days, hailing Mubarak’s bravery and criticizing anti-regime protestors who do not respect him.


 
China: web frenzy over a highly suspicious death 

It could be a scene straight from a spy novel, a video filmed on the wrist watch reportedly worn by the victim at the time of the incident. This is one of the pieces of evidence presented to the Chinese justice system by the police to support the theory that Qian Yunhui’s death last December was accidental. And the judges have ruled that this village chief from South Eastern China died after being run over by a truck; the driver has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

On the Internet however, many still believe it was murder. Qian Yunhui was known for his work in helping villagers threatened with expropriation. Some believe the local authorities orchestrated his death to rid themselves of a nuisance. The controversy has prompted many web users to investigate this affair.
 
Indeed, many web users think this video which was released by the police over one month after the incident has been completely fabricated to lend weight to the police’s theory. On his blog, writer Li Chengpeng has analyzed the images and underlines, in particular, the fact that we do not hear the sounds of the truck braking just before the collision, which does not correspond to the driver’s statement. 
 
Activist Wu Gan went to the region to gather accounts and interview the victim’s family. Many grey areas arose from his enquiries and in his opinion, the murder theory cannot be ruled out yet.

But despite this, lawyer Xu Zhiyong, who also carried out investigations at the scene and concluded it was a road accident, says that in no way does this video make him reevaluate his conclusion.


 
Grading your colleagues
 

Cubeduel is a new site where you can grade your colleagues: the principle is simple because you just have to choose between two photos of your colleagues and decide which one you prefer working with. Once the vote has been registered; the site proposes another duel, and in this way a hit parade of the nicest co-workers is established. The only requirement to start the duels is that participants must be signed up to the social network for professionals LinkedIn.

To do lists made easy 

With Workflowy, the watchword is productivity! Web users can use this site to note down their personal goals or create their daily to do lists. This is a very useful tool for those who want to optimize their time at work and organize their day more effectively.

Video of the day

4 minutes of hip hop history told through beat box, a technique which involves imitating sounds and instruments with the mouth, lips, tongue and voice. This is what French beat box artist Eklips is offering in this video. This impressive performance will be a huge hit with rap fans who will undoubtedly recognize the most popular hip hop tunes of the past 25 years.

 

By Electron Libre

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