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Video showing brutal beating of women shocks Angola

Today on the net, a video showing two women being brutally beaten in a shop shocks Angola. Web users are angered by a Chinese TV drama about Tibet. And finally, a Dutch web user reunites a British tourist with her lost holiday snaps.

Video showing brutal beating of women shocks Angola

This video was filmed and posted online last week, and has stunned the Angolan community. It shows two women, accused of stealing from a shop, being beaten and sexually humiliated by several men who used whips and sticks, amongst other things, to torture the alleged offenders. Countless web users across Angola, shocked by these scenes of exceptional violence, have turned to social networks to voice their anger.

Although the Internet still has a limited role in Angola, Twitter has been inundated with posts condemning the brutality of the men in the video and urging the country’s legal authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators of these barbaric acts to justice. Web users are also saying the people of Angola cannot take the law into their own hands, and hope by exposing and sharing the footage they can prevent similar incidents in the future.

This is not the first time this year a campaign seeking justice for victims of torture has been launched online. This clip was posted on the net in January; it shows two prisoners being beaten up by guards, for no apparent reason, and sparked strong indignation among Angolan netizens.

Both cases have been widely discussed and denounced online, and as journalist Reginaldo Silva says, illustrate the recent surge of interest in the Internet in Angola. He thinks it will soon become an indispensable tool in the country, for accessing information and responding to topical matters.

 

Web users outraged by Chinese tv show on Tibet

"It’s not about independence or separatism, it’s about respect" these rap lyrics in Chinese were written by a group of young Tibetan musicians. They are criticizing the way in which their culture and history has been depicting in a Chinese TV drama series.

The show, entitled "Tibet’s Secret" was aired on China’s state run television last month, and focusses on the history of Tibet during the decades that led up to China’s ruling communist party taking control in the 1950s. The storyline is supposedly an honest representation of events, of the liberation of Tibet that brought an end to the rural slavery system.

But numerous Tibetan web users have taken to social networks, criticizing the director for stigmatizing and stereotyping, and distorting their culture and history. Tsewang Thar for example says the program is quite simply an insult to the people of Tibet.

This blogger from Tibet’s Han Chinese majority agrees. Writing anonymously she says the program has only served to fuel inter community tensions in the region.

And the controversy comes at a particularly tense time. According to exile groups, a monk recently committed suicide by setting himself on fire in protest of China’s rule over Tibet. It was reportedly the country’s 100th self-immolation since 2009.

 

Now trending on social networks

When British backpacker Catriona Bowman lost her camera’s memory card in a bar in Amsterdam last summer, she thought she had lost all the snaps of her and a friend on holiday, forever. But fortunately for her, a Dutch man found her card and was determined to reunite it with its owner. So he used some of the photos to produce this video, called “Who’s that girl?”. The clip was shared on social networks and just ten days later he was put in contact with the young tourist, who was naturally thrilled to get finally get her pictures back.


Internet votes cat as new Monopoly piece

The die has been cast : following an online vote organized via Facebook, the iron will no longer feature as a Monopoly piece. Hasbro, which manufactures the famous board game, let web users decide on a new piece for the game, and which one to boot : and so the iron is out, and the cat is in.

 

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Zoe is one exceptional dog, she can perform some fifty equally impressive tricks. Her owner had made this video showcasing her talents: as we can see Zoe can walk on her hind legs, but also on her front legs! She can also execute all sorts of spectacular jumps with ease… this pooch was born to perform…

By Electron Libre

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