Freitag, 25. Februar 2011

The Arab Revolution

On February 21st protesters gather in Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi, where the uprising against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi began the 16th February. The protesters made their own flags to replace those representing their dictator's regime (Photo via Public Broadcasting Service, USA)

On February 25th, the first Friday prayer service since Benghazi declared itself free from Colonel Gaddafi, was charged with emotion, both triumph and anger. Worshipers cried as an imam, on a stage and through loudspeakers, gave a defiant, impassioned speech about liberating Tripoli, and the fight for justice and freedom. Benghazi is now being run by committees of citizens (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters via Boston Globe; with text from NYT)

In Benghazi, a relative mourns the death of Ahmed Sarawi, 36, who was killed in recent clashes. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today that reports indicated that "thousands may have been killed or injured" during the regime's bloody attacks against the uprising. (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters via Boston Globe)

Migrant laborers and other expatriates prepare to board a ship going to Greece from the Libyan harbor in Benghazi. (Photo: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters via Boston Globe)

The Libyan uprising and brutal counterattacks by forces still loyal to Muammar el-Gaddafi have prompted tens of thousands to flee, including these Chinese evacuees arriving on the Greek part of the island of Crete. Many of those fleeing were able to take Greek ferries to safety; others were stuck in Libyan ports waiting for ships to arrive and seas to calm. The main airport in Libya has been overrun with people desperate to leave, witnesses say. (Photo/text: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images via Boston Globe)

Libyan protesters shout slogans against Libyan leader Muammar el-Gaddafi in front of the Libyan embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Photo: Getty Images via New Statesman, UK)

Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Taiz, Yemen, on February 25th. It was the biggest pro-democracy protest day in Yemen's recent history. Local media reported 30,000 demonstrators in Sana'a and more than 100,000 nationwide. In Saana where also 10,000 government loyalists took to the streets the protestors called for an end to the 32-year reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The protest was peaceful, though at times tense. Protesters want better living conditions as well as political reform. One banner read simply: "Look at the gap between rich and poor." In the southern port city of Aden with more than 10,000 people on the streets two people were killed and thirty-four wounded, mostly by live bullets, witnesses said. (Photo: Reuters via Time, USA; text from The Guardian, UK, and The Peninsula, Qatar)

Sana'a, Yemen, 25 February: An anti-government protester chants slogans demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The president ordered security services to protect protesters. (Photot/text: Muhammed Muheisen/AP via The Guardian, UK)

Iraqi anti-government protesters confronting the riot police during a demonstration in Baghdad on Friday 25th, billed as "day of rage". Thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces Friday in cities across Iraq in an outpouring of anger that left eleven people dead — the largest and most violent anti-government protests in the country since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world weeks ago. (Photo/text: AP via Arab News, Saudi-Arabia)

Bahraini protesters thronged Manama on Friday to demand the end of the ruling Sunni regime, as top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen reaffirmed Washington's commitment to embattled King Hamad. "The people want to topple the regime!" roared tens of thousands of demonstrators in Pearl Square, which has become the epicentre of protests that began on February 14th (Photo: Associated Press; text: Agence France-Presse)

Today, February 25th, protesters, not satisfied with only ridding Egypt of Mubarak, protested the new cabinet. Tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square, keeping the pressure on Egypt's military rulers to carry out reforms and calling for the dismissal of members of the Mubarak regime who are still in place. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP; text: Axis of Logic)

Tunisians chant slogans as they hold Tunisian and old Libyan flags during an anti-Gaddafi protest at the Tunisian-Libyan border crossing of Ras Jdir. Weighed down with suitcases, blankets, and, for some, horrific memories, people fled into Tunisia by the thousands. (Photo/text: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters via Boston Globe)

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