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Experiments with truth: 2/25/11

  • Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital today to demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
  • Security forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi began firing on tens of thousands of protesters across Libya focused their attention on the capital on Friday afternoon, following the midday prayer.  At least six have been killed.
  • Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Bahraini capital Manama today to demand the resignation of the cabinet. On Wednesday, the government said it had released 308 political prisoners, many of whom claimed to have been tortured.
  • In Algeria, the judicial system saw the sixth day of a strike on Tuesday by court clerks, forcing the postponement of many trials, while municipal workers, engineering students and even paramedics also downed tools.
  • Tensions are mounting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, after the third peaceful demonstration in three weeks was violently dispersed on Wednesday. Fourteen people were arrested and several people beaten by uniformed and plainclothes police on Tuesday after about 200 staged a peaceful sit-in outside the Libyan embassy to show support for Libya’s protesters.
  • In Indiana, more than a thousand rallied in the capitol building on Tuesday to protest an anti-union ‘right to work’ bill that had been advancing through legislative committees. Workers holding signs reading “Stop the war on workers” also joined a sit-in at the entrance of the state senate chamber.