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Japan earthquake: solidarity in action

Web users the world over express their solidarity with Japan’s earthquake victims. The authorities are violently repressing the protests in Yemen. And the NGO « Reporters without Borders » releases their latest “enemies of the Internet” list.

Japan earthquake: solidarity in action

« Pray for Japan ». Web users the world over are using these key words to express their solidarity with the earthquake victims. Messages of support continue to pour onto social networks as the death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan continues to rise.

A multitude of images have been uploaded by web users from all over the planet, paying tribute to the victims and hailing their bravery.

Others like Alexa and Scott Yoshimoto, two young Americans of Japanese origin, are showing their support via music with this version of a track by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. They are urging web users to make donations to the Red Cross.

Numerous online platforms have been set up to raise money to aid victims. The NGO Global Giving has raised over 500 000 dollars in just a few days.

On Blogger Noda Yuuki’s initiative Japanese web users are translating the online messages of support so the Japanese people can see that the entire world is behind them.

Conversely, others are translating accounts from local web users into other languages to show that during this difficult time, the people of Japan are helping one another and have not let panic get the better of them.

 

Violence in Yemen

Tensions have been escalating in Yemen over the past few days. Protesters continue to demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for the past 32 years, and they are being violently repressed by the authorities. Several people were reportedly killed over the weekend in clashes between protesters and security forces during the demonstrations that had been organized across the country. The web reacts.

Numerous pieces of amateur footage, like this video, bear witness to the tense climate in Yemen at the moment. It is difficult to authenticate the images in which we see armed men open fire from the roof of a building.

Other videos, like this one, show police storm a protest camp near to the University in the capital, Sanaa. Tear gas bombs were used during the attack to disperse the protesters.

And it is thought the authorities have also resorted to more harmful weapons to combat anti-government demonstrators. Well, this is what many Twitter users believe and they are accusing the government of using, amongst other things, a gas which reportedly affects the nervous system. This toxic gas has reportedly caused many people to fall ill.

And there are numerous online documents denouncing the disproportionate use of force against demonstrators. In the videos we see some of the weapons and munitions used by the police to attack protesters.

Many have been wounded during these violent clashes as we can see in this video filmed in one of the country’s hospitals. Victims of the repression arrive en masse, often bearing gunshot wounds.

 

RWB releases "enemies of the Internet" list

According to Reporters without Borders, one in every three web users worldwide does not have access to a free Internet. For the "World Day against Cyber Censorship” on the 12th of March the organization for Press Freedom published its latest “enemies of the Internet” list. Tunisia and Egypt no longer feature in this list but the NGO continues to monitor them. The organization also attributed the Netizen prize to the blog Nawaat, which played an important role in the Tunisian revolution.

 

Every person in New York

Jason Polan, a 28 year old American artist has come up with the crazy project of drawing every one of New York’s 8 million residents. He has already sketched some 14 000 people and some of these drawings are available to view on his site “Every person in New York”. He works anonymously, he almost never asks the permission of the person he is drawing and keeps his distance so no one notices him.

 

Video of the day

Be the first motocross rider ever to do a 360 ° front flip… Australian motocross champion Mark Monea, set himself this challenge, and succeeded, as we can see in this video which documents this impressive feat which required 4 weeks of training.
 

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