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Ongoing protests in Syria

Online reactions to the ongoing protests in Syria. Web users in Serbia express their support for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. And a web site displaying panoramic images across the world.

Ongoing protests in Syria

« An insufficient speech » « shame on the parliament » and also « enough of hypocrisy »… numerous Syrian web users are sharing their feelings of disappointment and anger on Twitter, in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s speech to the National Assembly on Wednesday.

These feelings of resentment are being expressed online and also on the streets. Like here in the city of Deraa in southern Syria which has been at the heart of the protest movement over the past two weeks. Protesters gathered here upon hearing the speech delivered by the Head of State.

And thousands of people also took part in anti-government demonstrations in Latakia, as we can see in this amateur footage available online.

The army had recently been deployed in the northern city and the rallies were harshly repressed. According to accounts posted on social networks, numerous people were killed when security forces fired live ammunition at protesters.

Dozens of people have been killed by police gun fire since the start of the movement. And on Wednesday night, residents of As Suwayda organized a candle lit vigil in the town centre in memory of victims of the repression.

So the anti-government protests continue, and on the Facebook group at the origin of this unprecedented popular uprising, web users are being asked to send SMS to all their contacts, urging them to take part in rallies every Friday after prayers to bring down the regime.

 

Web users from Serbia express support for Gaddafi

Web users from Serbia are mobilizing support for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi… Several Facebook groups have been set up in Serbia in recent days, backing the Libyan leader, and have drawn thousands of members. This support movement appears to be gaining ground on the local web.

Colonel Gaddafi’s supporters have no problem in justifying their actions. According to this web user, the dictator has always been an ally of Serbia and in particular when the country was dealing with large economic sanctions after the war in former-Yugoslavia. Another argument put forward by supporters is that Gaddafi did not recognize Kosovo’s independence and deserves the respect of Serbian patriots.

If this recent online survey is anything to by then the arguments are being widely relayed on the local blogosphere. The poll was launched on a Serb forum recently and shows that over 80 % of people asked support Colonel Gaddafi and believe he should remain in power.

And rallies drawing hundreds of citizens have been organized recently, notably in Belgrade, as we can see in this amateur footage. Demonstrators were protesting against military intervention in Libya and the International Community’s interference into Libyan affairs.

Members of the Libyan opposition movement have responded to this situation. In an article published on Serbian website “Smedia”, Mohammed al-Sabah who is part of the “Libyan Youth Movement”, deplores the recent increase of computer attacks on Gaddafi opposition sites from Serbia. He is asking web users in Serbia to stop this immediately.

 

Oxford dictionary adds Internet terms

LOL, OMG and FYI … the Internet language is moving onwards and upwards. Several of the popular abbreviations used on social networks have made their way into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. We learn that the term OMG, meaning “Oh My God” actually dates back to 1917.


Aerial panoramas from around the world

A breathtaking view of the « Twelve Apostles », a group of limestone stacks off the Australian coast …a flight over Los Angeles and also a virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro. These stunning photos were taken by a group of Russian globe trotters, experts in aerial panoramas. There are dozens of cities and tourist spots for you to discover on their site Airpano.ru.

 

Video of the day

Do you know what dog boarding is? Well it’s the latest activity available to view online and consists of replacing your skateboard or roller skates with your dog – as we can see in this video which is currently circulating online. It’s a very well made video, and of course entirely fake and no animals were harmed in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Electron Libre

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