From London to Libya

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In the face of the riots british Prime Minister David Cameron draws shortsighted conclusions, blaming a too weak police force and the free internet while others worry about democracy.

Meanwhile some countries in the Middle East have begun – perhaps only half-jokingly – to compare the current situation in England with western allegations towards Libya before the NATO started bombing the country in the process of allegedly protecting civilian opposition protesters.

Maybe they plays this PR game themselves now to ask: Why the double standards?

( 1 ) David Cameron:

Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.

( 2 ) Jeff Jarvis:

If the UK government restricts social networking in answer to the riots, what separates it from the Arab tyrannies and China?

( 3 ) Hossein Ebrahimi:

A member of Iran’s parliament, Hossein Ebrahimi, told the semi-official Fars news agency that Britain should allow a delegation of human rights monitors to examine the situation.

( 4 ) Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister:

These demonstrations show that the British people reject this government which is trying to impose itself through force. The United Nations Security Council and the international community should not stay with its arms crossed in the face of the flagrant violation of the rights of the British people.

Vgl. dazu Prima Idee: Kommunikationsdienste in England ausschalten


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