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Australian Police Assault Indian Protestors

In the current world of fear of terrorism, many police see terrorists where none exist. A group of 200 students representing the Federation of Indian Students of Australia, a most obvious terrorist group, came out to protest against a recent series of attacks on students by Australian racists. Ordinarily, authorities might be sympathetic to efforts by a group of students to address issues, but this is modern Australia and the sight of 200 college students undoubtedly frightened police in Victoria. Yogesh Malhotram claims about 200 police surrounded the students and came charging in to the crowd of peacefully assembled students. He said police punched and dragged students who were, for the most part, sitting down.

However, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland, defended actions of his police. “If someone inadvertently got hit in the mouth, I regret that, but that came about from actions of the demonstrators after they had been given every opportunity to leave the area.” If your mouth got in the way of a police punch, it is all your fault.

They are a bunch of kids upset about being beaten by racist thugs. Surely, some government official could have talked with them.

Silent Protests In Russia Avoid Beating

Putin Russia is a land in which the idea of protest is best accomplished by standing quietly with tape over one’s mouth in order to avoid providing the police an opportunity to halt the protest on ground that individuals are using foul language against authorities. Human rights activists in St. Petersburg decided the only way to express their ideas concerning police brutality was to stand silently with mouths taped and holding signs stating their anger at the manner in which Russian police handle such things as trying to express dissent in the land of Putin where authority is, by definition, always correct. In Putin Russia one needs permission from authorities in order to express feelings about authority unless, of course, one agrees with authority. In that case, feel free to express whatever is on your mind.

Several people in St. Petersburg stood about 20 meters from one another holding signs saying, “I came to hold a one person demo protest against police” which for some reason provoked police to assault the protestors. One day, Russia will have a government in which there truly is freedom of speech–without the tape on one’s mouth.

Mugabe Police Beat Opponents

President Mugabe has refused to carry through on a power-sharing agreement he made with Morgan Tsvangirai, that former President Mbeki of South Africa helped negotiate. The agreement called for Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) to be given several key posts in the Cabinet, including control of the police. The MDC feared if police remained under the control of Mugabe they would continue beating and killing opponents of the president. Demonstrators rallied in the city of Bulawayo to urge adoption of the power sharing agreement because the nation was on the verge of collapse. The people who expressed this view were savagely beaten by police. A women’s group which sponsored the rally wanted to present a petition that merely said: ‘how many more Zimbabweans must die before you act?”

Mugabe is under pressure from his allies and fellow thugs who fear having an honest person assume control of the police or army because evidence of corruption and brutality would soon surface. They fear giving up any power to the MDC. If there is no compromise the entire country will undoubtedly collapse by early next year.

Kenya Police Brutalize Opposition Demonstrations

Kenyans who were upset at the blatant stealing of the presidential election by President Kibaki tried marching in the cities of their nation only to encounter armed police who not only barred their way, but blasted them with gunfire. It is estimated at least ten are dead and hundreds of others wounded as a resulf of police ation. A team of reporters for the Daily Standard observed demonstrators dispersed with teargas and gunfire in the slums of Nairobi and other areas of Kenya. Police also chased leaders of the Orange Democratic Movement from central lNairobi and surrounded Uhuru Park to bar them for entering. Reporters watched as police sprayed gunfire onto the shacks of slum dwellers as well as throwing teargas into their homes without any regard if there were women and children in the shanties.

The Kenya police delibertately barred reporters from followin their excursions into the slums of Nairobi, but journalists were able to witness protestors hit with gun butts, doors knocked down and teargas sprayed into the faces of those who oppposed the police. The European Union has frozen any further aid to Kenya until the brutality ceases. For once, it would be beneficial if the African Union finally took a stand against oppressive use of force. It has remained silent in the face of the horror of Zimbabwe and, most probably, will not do anything about President Kibaki’ action against his own people. The African Union excuse is always that action against a fellow African nation can never be contemplated. Of course, this invariably means the LEADER of the African nation, not its people.

Finally- Iran Court Orders Investigation Into Canadian’s Death

Iran’s Supreme Court finally gave its OK for an investigation of the death of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian journalist, who was killed while taking pictures outside of the Evin prison in 2003. Iranian officials initially said Ms. Kazemi died of a stroke, but a committee appointed by the reformist President Mohammad Khatami found she died of a fractured skill and brain damage. The conservative judiciary rejected the committee’s findings and concluded she died of an accidental fall. Initially, a secret agent who interrogated Ms. Kazemi was charged with murder, but a conservative court naturally acquitted him of the charge. At no point was Ms. Kazemi charged with any crime, but most probably, some police became upset at the pictures she was taking of a notorious prison which houses many political prisoners.Ms. Kazemi’s parents believe a prison official, Mohammad Bakhshi was the one who killed her. The case eventually was appealed to the Iran Supreme Court which now wants a further investigation into the affair.

There undoubtedly is paranoia running rampant through the Iranian police structure who desperately seek to discover American spies in their midst. They probably assaulted Ms. Kazemi because she took pictures they believe were showing political prisoners being mistreated, but there is scant evidence she had the capability to take such photos.