Sixty two ( 62 )killed over last 2 days of protests in Egypt
Egyptian security officials say at least 62 people have been killed nationwide over the last two days of mass anti-government protests.
The officials say an additional 2,000 people have been injured in the demonstrations, that have included violent clashes between police and protesters. They said Saturday the figures include injuries and deaths of both protesters and security forces. (AP
Riots break out at Egypt jail holding political prisoners, including Muslim Brothers members; eight detainees reportedly killed. Protests in Cairo, Alexandria rage on, demonstrators try to break into Interior Ministry headquarters
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Tehran’s chief of police, Hossein Sajedi-Nia, has revealed the fate of young Iranians who are attracted to what he calls “morally deviant” music.
According to Tehran-Emrouz, an Iranian daily newspaper, he said that young Iranian men and women were arrested last week in a score of raids targeting the capital’s underground rap scene. The rappers – both male and female – had apparently taken over “vacant” buildings in order to create what Iran’s regime has depicted as degenerative, anti-Islamic music. Tehran-Emrouz describes how the police kept the buildings under surveillance after they were informed that “young boys and girls” had been seen with “unusual appearances and musical instruments”.
This will enrage and frighten young Iranians. The most important relationships many of them have are with their neighbours. Small but necessary violations of Iran’s laws require, quite simply, that neighbours keep silent for each other. You either get away with it – or someone squeals.
Across Iran, illicit house parties with smuggled alcohol, large amounts of cannabis, and booming Western music are the norm. Young Iranians believe it is a risk worth taking: “As long as we are careful,” one partygoer told me, “as long as we know who our neighbours are, we can dance to whatever music we want.” She is right. More often than not, the Iranian police have turned a blind eye to what Iranians do in the comfort of their own homes.