Thursday, July 9, 2009

Widespread violence continues around the globe

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM

While everyone was fixated on Michael Jackson, things turned violent in China.

China — As young Uighurs rampaged through the streets of this western regional capital on Sunday, Zhang Aiying rushed home and stashed her fruit cart away, safe from the mob. But there was no sign of her son, who had ventured back into the chaos to retrieve another of the family’s carts.

“Call him on his cellphone,” Ms. Zhang, 46, recalled shouting to a cousin. “Tell him we want him home. We don’t need him to go back.”

Her son, Lu Huakun, did not answer the call. Three hours later, after the screaming had died down, Ms. Zhang went out into the street. A dozen bodies were strewn about. She found her son, his head covered with blood, his left arm nearly severed into three pieces.

More from The New York Times.

Meanwhile, in Iran: Some of the 2,500 protesters arrested last month were released at the same time human right's lawyers were being arrested. A protest was planned for today, so was a government crackdown.

Iranian police have dispersed hundreds of demonstrators who defied government warnings that any fresh attempt at protests would be "smashed".

The marchers were heading towards Tehran University to commemorate the 10th anniversary of student unrest.

Plans for the rally have circulated for days on social media and opposition websites.

All gatherings have been banned in a crackdown on mass protests that erupted after the disputed election of 12 June.

According to AFP news agency, police in the capital fired tear gas as between 200-300 protesters chanted "Death to the dictator".

More from the BBC.

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has inserted himself into the conflict in Honduras, cutting off oil supplies and encouraging the people to continue fighting.

Venezuela's Minister of People's Power for Energy and Oil Rafael Ramírez confirmed on Wednesday that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has stopped oil shipments to Honduras until President Manuel Zelaya Rosales is reinstated in his post and the constitutional order in this Central American nation is reestablished.

President Hugo Chávez has expressed his total support to the return of President Zelaya. On Tuesday, he called on the Honduran people to keep resisting the repression of the de facto government.

More from Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias.

And, Mexico's army is being accused of torture.

The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers, according to documents and interviews with victims, their families, political leaders and human rights monitors.

From the violent border cities where drugs are brought into the United States to the remote highland regions where poppies and marijuana are harvested, residents and human rights groups describe an increasingly brutal war in which the government, led by the army, is using harsh measures to battle the cartels that continue to terrorize much of the country.

More from The Washington Post.

While, at home, we are — as usual — still bitching about money and trying to decide which teachers to sacrifice.

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