Disturbing new details are coming out of the Libya protests. Government security forces have killed at least 84 people in three days, Human Rights Watch said in a news release Friday night. Even though people were protesting peacefully, according to HRW, security forces killed 20 people in Benghazi, 23 in Baida, three in Ajdabiya, and three in Derna in a matter of days. In addition, 35 people were killed in Benghazi on Friday, nearly all with live ammunition.
GOVERNMENT forces using helicopters and concussion grenades opened fire on mourners marching near Pearl Square in the center of Bahrain’s capital overnight and witnesses said demonstrators were crumpling to the ground, according to newspaper reports.
JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press= NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Authorities used batons and tear gas against thousands of protesters in the tiny nation of Djibouti on Friday, the latest in a series of rallies modeled after demonstrations across Africa and the Middle East, activists said. About 6,000 people turned out at the demonstration.
Anti-regime protesters in the volatile Yemen city of Taez were blasted with a hand grenade on Friday leaving two dead and dozens hurt, as violent clashes also erupted in Sanaa, witnesses said. The grenade attack came as hundreds of protesters took to central Taez after the weekly Muslim prayers to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster.
JODY CLARKE in Kampala UGANDANS WENT to the polls yesterday in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s 25 years in power, but which were marred by allegations of bribery and vote rigging. Voting was largely peaceful across the country’s 24,000 polling stations but a Ugandan journalist was shot in the eastern district of Budadiri after soldiers opened fire at an opposition politician.