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Fighting in Libya intensifies, the web reacts

Fighting in Libya intensifies, the web reacts. Online reports of the protests in Iran to free the opposition leaders. And a Facebook page exhibiting artworks created during the Egyptian revolution.

Libyan turmoil intensifies 

A desert battle for control of Brega in eastern Libya. These images were posted on the Internet on Wednesday, and are thought to show the deadly clashes that broke out between Libyan opposition and government forces in this city which is home to a key oil facility.

Gaddafi loyalists are trying to take back control of areas that have fallen to the opposition. But a counter attack is underway. In these amateur videos that are believed to have been filmed at Brega airport, heavily armed rebels are preparing to defend this strategic city.  

Anti-Gaddafi protesters have taken numerous prisoners during these clashes. In this video which is circulating on social networks, we apparently see one of them being interviewed. He says, his battalion was given orders to “clean up” Brega.

The city has been the target of repeated bombing and shelling. One opposition website has uploaded this photo which is thought to have been taken after an air strike. 

Accounts from eastern Libya are pouring onto the web, and Internet traffic has rapidly grown ever since connections were re-established in opposition controlled areas. 

Over the past few days, numerous previously unavailable documents have now made their way online. This video for example, is thought to have been filmed in Benghazi during the early days of the uprising. The person behind the camera says it shows citizens, backed up by defected soldiers, fighting mercenaries hired by the authorities. 

Iran: protests to free the opposition leaders 

Supporters of the pro-reform opposition leaders, Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi are campaigning for the two men to be freed after reportedly being arrested and imprisoned by the authorities on Monday. Much of the mobilization is being relayed on the web. 

As we can see in these images which are circulating on sharing sites, by Tuesday, numerous rallies were already underway, notably in Tehran and Shiraz in south-western Iran, calling upon the government to release the two leading opposition figures as quickly as possible. Demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Mousavi and Karoubi. 

And these rallies appear to have rapidly turned into anti-government protests; calls to free the opposition leaders quickly gave way to verbal attacks on the authorities. Here we see demonstrators in Tehran shouting “Death to the dictator” and in Shiraz, demonstrators joined in together to deliver this warning message to the authorities; “Mubarak, Ben Ali, now its Sayid Ali Khamenei’s turn”

This anti-government feeling is now also being expressed on the walls of the country. In Tehran one activist managed to put up this poster on the motorway, announcing the beginning of the end of dictatorship in the country.    

If this footage of the strong police presence in the capital over the past few days is anything to go by, the authorities have decided to deal with the situation harshly. 

I am Tahrir: the art of revolution 

The aim of the “I am Tahrir” project is to set up a gallery on Facebook, exhibiting art that was produced during the revolution that led to the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. Posters, cartoons, photographs, drawings, songs, graffiti, dozens of artworks have already been submitted to the people behind this project. 

The Chronicles of Rick Roll 

They became famous after millions of web users watched their video on YouTube. These internet sensations are now starring in a feature film called “The Chronicles of Rick Roll”. There is not a release date as yet, and although some believe it is a marketing campaign, the director Andrew Fischer assures us that this is in no way a joke.

Video of the day 

“Punch Robert” as he is known, came up with idea of making passerby jump and then perform a little dance for them by way of an apology. As we can see in this video, this American fan of urban camouflage is able to blend into a variety of surroundings, and always manages to take people by surprise, which most of them find hilarious.

By Electron Libre

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