Nine Kartoonistan Deaths
Here's an insight into Libyan crowd control:
Antonio Simoes-Concalves, an Italian consular official, ... told The Associated Press in Rome that the Libyan police were not able to control the crowd, even though they were firing bullets and tear gas.At Abu Ghraib, we only embarassed prisoners and made them uncomfortable. When dealing with their own people, Arab tyrants are perfectly happy to just shoot into crowds. Will there be a human rights protest? Don't count on it.
* Possible reasons why Libyans selected the Italian counsulate:
- Libya is a former Italian colony
- Italy is the only western diplomatic mission in the town of Benghazi, where the riots occured
- Italian cabinet minister Roberto Calderoli recently said he would wear a T-shirt printed with the profet cartoons
Libya's parliamentary secretariat announced the suspension of Interior Minister Nasr al-Mabrouk and said all those involved in Friday's riots "and the officials responsible for them" should be referred to investigations and to the courts.
"We condemn the excessive use of force and the inappropriate way that went beyond the limits of carrying out the duties of the police," the secretariat said in a statement. It also declared Sunday a day of mourning for "our martyr sons."
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