Eye witness reports from Occupy Wall Street protesters as their camp is dismantled. British Press Agency Reuters accused of biased reporting in Yemen. And web users have been recreating famous paintings with photography…
NYPD dismantle Occupy Wall Street camp
The eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters live on the Internet; activists provided real time coverage of the New York Police Department dismantling the encampment in Zuccotti Park where they had set up camp near to two months ago.
Web users have indeed been sharing eye witness reports of the eviction on social media platforms, whilst journalists, like Hunter Walker from the New York Observer or the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan say police stopped them from approaching the encampment to view the raid.
The forced evacuation has been met with widespread anger from web users. This video which shows police using excessive force has been widely relayed on the web. Dozens of protesters were arrested during the overnight raid.
The official line is that protesters were evicted for health and safety reasons, and will be allowed to return once the park has been cleaned. But demonstrators are saying that by dismantling the camp, the authorities are infringing the right to protest.
They are particularly aggrieved by the destruction of their library made up of books donated by New Yorkers. The NYPD has reportedly thrown over 5 000 books into a dumpster.
Shortly after they were evicted by the police, protesters began coordinating their next steps via social networks, and arranged to meet just down the road at Foley Square so they could plan the day of action scheduled for Thursday when they hope to shut down Wall Street, home to the New York Stock Exchange, by holding a massive street carnival.
Activists accuse Reuters of biased reporting in Yemen
Yemeni web users are up in arms after finding out British press agency Reuters had employed Mohamed Sudam, the secretary and personal translator for Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as its head correspondent in Yemen. Many say this is unacceptable and have turned to the web to voice their outrage.
A Facebook page called "Shame on Reuters" has been set up. Yemeni activists have been using the page to express their condemnation of the press agency’s decision, saying Reuters has lost all credibility by putting a man with such close ties to the authorities in charge of reporting on events within the country.
And Twitter has been the most popular place for web users to vent their disappointment and anger. Messages accusing Reuters of spreading biased information have been multiplying under this thread. This micro blogger is questioning the press agency’s reliability and describes the revelations as scandalous.
Other shocked social networkers are demanding an explanation from Reuters. They cannot understand how an internationally renowned press agency could have chosen such a person to cover events in Yemen.
Web user Sam Waddah has commented on the situation with humour and cynicism. He says the Yemeni correspondent is a lucky man, because he is paid by president Saleh to provide false information and then by Reuters to publish it!
Recreating famous paintings with photography
This blog has launched a competition where contestants have to recreate famous paintings with photography. The entries are very impressive and full of imagination. Dozens of photos have been posted on the site, with web users recreating works by Frida Khalo for example or Vincent Van Gogh. There is great attention to detail, and many have been given a comical twist.
Now trending on social networks
"Islami Facebook" has become a top trending term on social networks in Turkey. “Salam World", a community site for Muslims from all over the world is soon to make its debut in Istanbul, sparking an avalanche of commentary online. With many web users jokily wondering how the site will differ from its illustrious competitor. Salam World, which is financed by a businessman, will be available in 15 languages and hopes to draw 100 million members in the first 3 years.
Video of the day
In this video made for skateboard magazine Slap, we see a group of skaters take on the New York Subway. From the station corridors and benches to the subway carriages, it looks like the perfect place to practice this urban sport.