Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Egyptian Looters Carried Security Force Identification

Former Reuters correspondent called on journalists to use term of “uprising” instead of "unrest," "revolution" instead of "insurrection"

New York – Appearing on “Democracy Now,” Mona Eltahawy, a former Reuters correspondent from Egypt, said neighborhood patrols of young citizens have been catching looters and vandals who have security force identification on them.

They promptly turn them over to the armed forces for apprehension.

Ms. Eltahawy told hostess Amy Goodman that President Hosni Mubarak turned out the jails and penitentiaries and the freed convicts promptly began to loot and vandalize residential neighborhoods.

Citizens who have joined the uprising, or revolution, as she termed it, have formed citizen patrols and when they searched them, they learned the story is nothing but a cover for agents provacateur turned loose on the public.

She urged journalists and commentators to stop using the words “crisis” or “unrest” and begin to refer to the current phenomenon that has seen more than a million people in the streets of Cairo and in Takrir Square calling for Mubarak's ouster as an “uprising” or a “revolution.”

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