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Libyan bloodbath feared as regime digs in

Online reports of the violence in Libya. Web users are hailing the Bahraini authorities attempt to appease the current situation. And an impressive performance from a street musician.

Libyan bloodbath feared as regime digs in

Libya has been facing an unprecedented protest movement since Tuesday. Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, thousands of citizens are now taking to the streets of Libya every day to protest against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi who has been in power for the past 42 years. Web users are trying to relay this protest movement online despite the authorities’ brutal crackdown.

Dozens of videos of the recent protests across the country are currently circulating on the web. The images show protesters attacking symbols of the regime; some are expressing their anger by setting fire to pictures of Colonel Gaddafi.

The Libyan government has decided to take firm action against the demonstrations. Several amateur documents like this one appear to show security forces firing live ammunition at demonstrators, and according to numerous sources, protesters have also been attacked by mercenaries hired by Gaddafi. This is a video of what is believed to be mercenaries wearing yellow hard hats and brandishing notably guns and sticks. Many protesters have reportedly been killed in these highly tense confrontations.

And because of the lack of official information it is difficult to measure the precise death toll. This document has been posted online by cyber activists to record and identify the victims of the repression. Citizens are asked to contribute to this document which provides information including the victim’s name and the circumstances surrounding their death.

The aim of this document is to inform international public opinion on the reality of the situation in the country. The creators of this site have a similar objective, and are broadcasting audio accounts from Libyans, recorded by opponents of Gaddafi. They help paint a clearer picture on the current situation in Libya.

 

Bahrain Set for Talks

No more soldiers or police on the horizon. Ever since Bahrain’s Crown Prince asked the army to leave, and stay away from the rallies, demonstrators have moved back to Pearl Square, which has been the epicenter of the anti-government protests in the kingdom of Bahrain.

The crowds are intent on camping out at this roundabout until the government steps down, and as we see in these photos circulating on social networks, they are settling back into their routine. Toilets have been reinstalled, food is being distributed and even the highly popular popcorn machine, has found its way back to the square.

The uprising appears to be spreading and according to Mahmoud Nasser Al-Yousif it is gathering support from unexpected places. The blogger describes the strike carried out by teachers at a girls’ school in support of the protest movement. This act would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago and this amateur film maker thinks it is a sign that things really are starting to change in Bahrain.

Web users do appear to be optimistic. Many Twitter users, like photographer Bader Kamal are hailing the Royal family’s attempts at appeasing the situation by entering into talks with the Shiite opposition.

But protesters do not want this uprising to be simply put down to religious differences. “Neither Sunni, nor Shiite, just Bahraini” is the slogan chanted by many, both in Pearl Square, and in cyber space.

 

Google mapping out Sudan

Google is asking web users to help create more detailed maps of Sudan. Objective: help the humanitarian organizations based in the country get to know their surrounding better, to make their work with locals easier. To do this, the American giant has uploaded a new series of satellite images so that volunteers can, in particular, indicate all usable roads in the country.

 

Reviving “Night of the Living Dead”

« Editing the dead » is an original project, where the film « Night of the Living Dead » made by George Romero in 1968 has been entirely cut and then put back together as short sequences. At the end of each sequence, web users will be given the choice between two scenarios for the following scene. So, the film will either continue or on the contrary, come to an abrupt end. This project will allow film enthusiasts to rediscover this classic horror film.

 

Video of the day

In this video, web users can see a street musician give an amazing musical performance and show off his quite simply exceptional talent.

 

By Electron Libre

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