Saturday, December 10, 2005

More egyption election riots

Supporters of the Egyptian government, background, some armed with machetes, throw stones during clashes with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, front, the government's main rival in the voting, in Zagazig 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds trying to break through blockades of polling stations in an opposition stronghold Wednesday, the final day of parliamentary elections, and two people were killed and hundreds were wounded. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian women gather in front of a polling station after they were denied entry in the Delta town of Kafr el-Sheikh December 7, 2005. (Stringer/Reuters)

An Egyptian woman shouts as policemen block the access to a voting station during the final stage of the month-long parliamentary elections at Aziziyah village in Zagazig, 83 kms northeast of Cairo, 07 December 2005.(AFP/File/Khaled Desouki)


At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These riots are between two bureaucratic parties, the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood oppositional party, and the women just want to vote. What the fuck? This is a distraction.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Riot Porn said...

I think it's more a matter of the government moblilizing police to block the particiapation of opposition voters, and people fighting back against that. While some of the people were muslim brotherhood members, a good number just wanted to vote.

While I can understand the argument that voting is a distraction, the right to vote is certinally something that must be defended.

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't egyptian elections always rigged? i heard it was a sham democracy like ours (united states).


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