By Ray Bergmann
A lot of information to get out about the revolutions in Iraq and Yemen that started three weeks ago.
The best supportive videos and photos from Iraq are at http://iraqirabita.org/index.php?do=article&id=27597 (underneath and to the right of the article), http://www.iraq-amsi.com/Portal/ (click on the red words within square brackets to go to the photo in better size with the article),
http://www.albadeeliraq.com/, http://iraqirabita.org/index.php?do=article&id=27602 ,
The revolution in Yemen is lacking good photography at this stage but there are some poor quality videos of the Friday Day of Rage demanding regime change at http://video.marebpress.net/watch.aspx?vid=5271 and http://video.marebpress.net/watch.aspx?vid=5272 .
The Yemeni Socialist Party Forum website is documenting it well (but without photos or video) at http://www.aleshteraki.net/news_details.php?sid=9521 -:
The Supreme Council of the JMP in its weekly meeting today (Saturday 26 Feb 2011) reviewed the details of the bloody ugly massacre in the city of Aden on Friday by Special Forces and the Central Security forces which used live fire indiscriminately on peaceful demonstrators in the city and the homes of citizens and ran over some of the demonstrators and prevent the ambulances from assisting the injured
There are at least nine martyrs and dozens of demonstrators were wounded.
This comes under military siege aggravated with heavy, armored vehicles imposed on the city of Aden for more than a week.
At http://www.nashwannews.com/ there are decent photos of Yemenis in Germany protesting the violent suppression of peaceful marches for change.
Unlike the intense media manipulation of events that aided the regime changes engineered by the US, Britain, France and Italy in Tunisia and Egypt, and now aiding the occupation of Libya with on-the-ground military help from the new military rulers of Egypt and Tunisia, the revolutions in both Iraq and Yemen are subject to strict media blackout from mainstream press.
Below is the latest news from the Iraq revolution.
Iraq’s “National Day of Rage” Global Research, February 25, 2011 What you won’t read in the mainstream press
by Dirk Adriaensens
It’s necessary to counter the near total media blackout on Iraqi protests, that have been going on in every major Iraqi town the past weeks. These protests culminate today (25 February) in a “National Day of Rage”, organized by the heroic Iraqi youth…
The Iraqi People are demonstrating against corruption, absolute and abysmal poverty, unemployment, total lack of services, and occupation, and very importantly corruption – administrative and fiscal corruption ; they are also demonstrating demanding freedom and human dignity and the immediate expulsion of the Occupation…
They have banned the press and closed streets in Baghdad.
It has been leaked that the General from Heet, General Nassir Alghanim, who has terrorised the people of Mosul, has run away with 450 soldiers – we do not know their ranks. This news will be confirmed later.
In the meantime
Colonel Hameed Kadhim in the Ministry of the Interior – Director of Training of Police has resigned because he has refused to obey orders to beatup the demonstrators. In the meantime 6 anti riot units have sbeen stationed throughout Abu Nawwas and Tahrir Square and have been ordered to beat up the demonstrators. Also, the Meesan anti riot batallion which is made up of the Da’awa Party Militia has been brought in to Tahrir Square.
The authorities are going round house to house making people sign undertakings that they will not go out and demonstrate – regrettably some members of parliament in the Iraqiya block have also done this in the Anbar province as well as in A’adhamiya! ID Cards are being confiscated so that these young people are stopped at check points and barred from joining the demonstrations.
The Muthanna regiment has surrounded Abu Ghraib and raided houses as well as taken ID Cards from demonstration leaders in that area. It has also imposed a curfew there.
All vehichles have been banned from coming into central Baghdad as well as all TV vans which relay live! Firdaws Square has been closed up for reasons of repairs!
Muntathar Al – Zaidy has been arrested in A’adhamiya.
The Baghdadiya reporter, Meenas, was arrested by police dressed in civillian clothes in Tahrir Square – he was in the Square without his cameraman – among the demonstrators.
Government officials were caught in Baghdad airport before catching a plane with USD1.2 million and the money impounded.
A journalist friend of mine in Baghdad tells me that there is a chilling atmosphere in Baghdad and I quote:”The mood here is chilling. There is an obvious intimidation tactic applied here. I saw riot police practiciing today. maliki’s speeches, sadr and sistani’s statements. It’s insane.”
It is also reported that a great number of senior officials, ministers and members of parliament have left the country.
The Chairman of Baghdad Provincial Council has issued a ban on all slogans that state that the government and/or the Provincial Council Chairman and Members of Baghdad should go! As for the Basra Chairman of the Provincial Council, Shiltagh, he actually stated publicly at The Prophet’s Birthday celebrations, to an audience of senior tribal leaders as well as religious persons, that Tunisian prostitutes are more honourable than the demosntrators whence a fight broke out – this was recorded by all the media including satellite stations!”
Pray for Iraq!
Muntathar Al Zaidy’s brother’s message:
To the great young people of Iraq,
In the afternoon today 24/02/2011 mercenaries of al-Maliki arrested my own brothers Muntathar Al Zaidy and Dhergham Al Zaidy in the hope of sabotaging the demonstration.
As they have done with me when they tortured me and broke my foot only a couple of weeks ago. But they are stupid because they cannot understand that this revolution has not one leader or a president. If they wish to arrest all the leaders of this blessed Intifadha, then they need to arrest one million from our youth.
We would like to say to the enemies that Lt. Gen. Abdul Aziz al-Kubaisi, Muntathar, Uday and Dhargam Al Zaidy and the rest of our youths are only the advocates for the Iraqi people. The majority of Iraqis are on our side as we hold the occupation government responsible for their safety and welfare until they are released, and tomorrow will raise a banner demanding the release of all detainees, including our mentioned brothers. So my brothers and sisters, do not let these events affect your determination and motivation to turn up bright and early to our demonstration tomorrow 25th Feb 2011.i
We have divided the preparatory Committee members to several sub committees, including ..
1. Security Committee and its mission to maintain the security of the demonstration, in collaboration with the good people of our brothers in the army and police to stop the agence provocateur in their tacks from lurking in our midst and sabotaging our mission. These agents will no doubt be planted by the government and some of the opportunist political parties.
2. Media Committee : our aim is to discreetly record and send photos and video clips via the Internet and monitor violations by the security services.
3. The Stewarding Committee: Its mission is ensure an orderly protest and chanting slogans. It will prevent any lifting of a politically motivated banner or any sectarianism and racism on the banners. Only Iraqi flags and banners agreed in the Preparatory Committee, calling for the exit of the occupiers and their stooges.
4. Medical Committee, which consists of four volunteer doctors and three medical assistants, its mission is to treat the sick and the wounded if we come under attack or in case of an emergency God forbid ..
We call upon our brothers and sisters the demonstrators to stay away as much as possible the security services and to avoid causing any friction with them whatever they do and however provocatively they may behave. .
Beware of any unidentifiable objects you might come across, just inform the nearest steward about it.
Long live Iraq, free and united
Long live our dignified mighty people,
May peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you
Below are reports from the last few days by Iraqi Beacon:
Occupation government facing Iraqis rebelling with iron and fire … saying: A newborn cannot be put back into its mother’s womb!
February 27, 2011 – iraqibeacon
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki issued strict orders to Osama Nujaifi, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the occupation and to Kamal-Saadi, the leader of the squadron troops of sharpshooters, who are occupying the roofs and floors of buildings overlooking Tahrir Square in Baghdad, that the demonstrations should be quelled by any method.
Demonstrators in the city of Sulaymaniyah reported that on Saturday, February 26, one was shot and others received shrapnel wounds, and ten others were injured as a result of fire that accompanied the bomb control device remotely set off by the forces of Jalal Talabani. Talabani forces sprayed demonstrators with live bullets in the town of Kalar, south of Sulaymaniyah, killing three protesters, wounding 17 others and arresting dozens.
On Friday morning, February 25, one of the protesters condemning the occupation government was killed and 4 others were wounded after being sprayed with live bullets by the security forces belonging to the Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani.
Two demonstrators died and four were injured when occupation forces opened fire on Friday in the city of Tikrit, Salahuddin province, in front of the governorate building.
Hundreds protested on Saturday in the area of Yathrib expressing their rejection of the occupation government.
Eighteen demonstrators in the city of Samarra who gathered for the funerals of the seven martyrs shot dead by the government forces of occupation on Friday were wounded on the same day. Doctors at Samarra hospital were prevented from providing them with treatment and they were arrested and taken away from the hospital.
On Saturday, February 26, occupation government forces detonated one of the operational units of the oil refinery in Baiji in Salahuddin province. The blast killed engineers, technicians and other workers (numbers still uncertain) and injured four, causing damage by fire and material damage in three major units, including units of hydrogen.
The Baghdad Brigade, under the direct supervision of al-Maliki on Friday morning February 25 arrested hundreds of demonstrators in a sit-in in Tahrir Square in Baghdad and put them in the prisons of the Green Zone. Seven journalists were among those arrested, and four other journalists were beaten after leaving the site for the demonstration and arrested.
In Anbar province the mayor of Fallujah and members of the Municipal Council collectively resigned on Friday, following demonstrations that broke out on the same day. Also on the same day, the district director of Habbaniyah and municipal council members handed in their resignations following the demonstrations that swept the area. Resignations in the local council of the city of Ratnah included the resignation of police chief in order to calm the angry crowd.
In Najaf and Karbala security forces attacked journalists who were covering the protest, beating and smashing their computers. The correspondent of the Reuters news agency said he was beaten by the police, causing head injuries and was taken to the hospital, adding that the police had smashed all the cameras of photographers working for the satellite channels.
On the morning of Friday, 25 February, three protesters were killed in the northern city of Mosul, Mohammed Mohsen Yassin, Saif Khadir and Sam Ahmed Khadir were shot when security forces confronted protesters. On Saturday, February 26 the Government of the occupation forces imposed a cordon on the al-Mansur neighborhood of Wadi Hajar, prevented citizens from leaving their homes, confiscated cell phones and confiscated a number of private cars of citizens. Council members resigned to avoid reaping the anger of demonstrators.