Saturday, February 19, 2011




Sejak awal pagi tadi, ribuan membanjiri kompleks PAS Kedah di Kota Sarang semut dekat Alor Setar bagi menghadiri himpunan besar-besaran Dewan Pemudanya bagi menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13 yang dijangka tidak lama lagi.

Mereka mensasarkan kehadiran 30,000 - sekali ganda lebih banyak daripada perhimpunan yang sama pada 2006 di Kota Bharu.


In Cairo's Tahrir Square, the influential Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi said the Arab world had changed and said Egypt's new military leaders should listen to their people "to liberate us from the government that Mubarak formed".

– guardian london

kekuatan jalan raya tidak boleh dibendung
kekuatan jalan raya mengubah wajah politik arab
kekuatan jalan raya mengubah wajah politik arab
kekuatan jalan raya pilihan anak muda

lihat bagitu dalamnya sejarah anak muda
lihat dari tunisia ke mesir ke bahrain ke yeman
ke jordan ke libya ke iran jeng jeng jeng
tak lama lagi ke mana pulak?

-petikan berita dari akhbar guardian london

Violence in Libya and Bahrain has claimed scores of lives and left many more injured as the two Arab countries were united by popular protests that continue to shake the status quo and sound alarm bells across the region and the world.

A week after Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to stand down, dozens of Libyans were reported killed by Muammar Gaddafi's security forces. Meanwhile, Bahraini troops shot dead at least one protester and wounded 50 others after mourners buried four people who were killed on Thursday in the worst mass unrest the western-backed Gulf state has ever seen.

"We don't care if they kill 5,000 of us," a protester screamed inside Salmaniya hospital, which has become a staging point for Bahrain's raging youth. "The regime must fall and we will make sure it does."

Umm Muhammad, a political activist in Benghazi, told the Guardian that 38 people had died in the city. "They [security forces] were using live fire here, not just teargas. This is a bloody massacre – in Benghazi, in al-Bayda, all over Libya. They are releasing prisoners from the jails to attack the demonstrators." Benghazi's al-Jala hospital was appealing for emergency blood supplies to help treat the injured.

News and rumours spread rapidly via social media websites including Twitter and Facebook, but information remained fragmentary and difficult to confirm.

In Yemen at least five people were reported killed when security forces and anti-government protesters clashed for a seventh consecutive day in the capital, Sana'a, Aden and other cities, with crowds demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule.

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