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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 20, 2008.
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Bomb suspect 'may be part of terror group'
Detectives are investigating whether a teenage terror suspect held in connection with possessing suspected explosives might be part of a wider group operating in the West Country.
An Army bomb disposal team carried out two more controlled explosions at the Bristol home of Andrew Ibrahim.
Detectives are investigating whether a teenage terror suspect held in connection with possessing suspected explosives might be part of a wider group operating in the West Country.
An Army bomb disposal team carried out two more controlled explosions at the Bristol home of Andrew Ibrahim.
Iraqi soldiers at the Divisional Training Centre outside Basra: Battle to retake Basra was 'complete disaster'
Sources who once worked with Mr Ibrahim confirmed that a picture (left - he may well have changed since, but his eyes already have that look) on the social networking website MySpace was of the man arrested. In the picture he sports dyed red hair and facial piercings.
Neighbours said Mr Ibrahim had recently turned his upstairs flat into a fortress, fitting as many as a dozen locks on the front door.
Mr Ibrahim, who was arrested on Thursday after an intelligence tip-off, was described by neighbours as heavily built and often seen wearing traditional Muslim dress and carrying a satchel.
Others said they had confronted him about "loud chanting" just a few days ago.
Sources who claimed to have worked with Mr Ibrahim said he had endured a "difficult few years" and was "unsettled".
One, who said he believed Mr Ibrahim had recently enrolled on a course at the University of the West of England, said: "He was struggling in life but I had no idea he had become a Muslim before I saw him two weeks ago. I could not believe my eyes. He was dressed in full robes and had a beard. He must have undergone a massive change in identity."
Mr Ibrahim's MySpace page, last updated before he apparently began to take in interest in Islam, gave the impression of a normal teenager.
On it he described himself as a fan of "hardcore, techno, trance and nu metal" music and lists his interests as "singing in a band, hanging out, lots of stuff ..."
Mr Ibrahim described himself as a non-smoking, teetotal Muslim. His appearance, however, has changed dramatically since the picture on that page was taken, said the source who identified it.
Bomb disposal experts were initially called to the suspect's home to carry out a controlled explosion outside the house, a 1950s red-brick terrace property, at around 2am last Friday.
Mr Ibrahim had been living in a homeless hostel before he was given the council house.
A source said: "He originally turned down the property, telling council officials that he didn't want to live in a white middle-class area. But he changed his mind and moved in on February 4."
Why should a young single man get a council house? There are families crying out for a whole house with garden. In my day the young and fit, if they got a council property at all, were given one bedroom flats in tower blocks, which had been declared unsuitable for the elderly or families with children. 
Posted on 04/20/2008 6:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Those Impartial Military Analysts

David Barstow writes in the New Duranty:

...To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized.

Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.

Analysts have been wooed in hundreds of private briefings with senior military leaders, including officials with significant influence over contracting and budget matters, records show. They have been taken on tours of Iraq and given access to classified intelligence. They have been briefed by officials from the White House, State Department and Justice Department, including Mr. Cheney, Alberto R. Gonzales and Stephen J. Hadley.

In turn, members of this group have echoed administration talking points, sometimes even when they suspected the information was false or inflated. Some analysts acknowledge they suppressed doubts because they feared jeopardizing their access...

Posted on 04/20/2008 6:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Anger as St George's parade cancelled
I am taking this story mostly from the Bradford Telegraph and Argus with a few additional pieces of information from The Mail on Sunday.
A St George's Day Parade in Bradford involving thousands of schoolchildren and aimed at promoting community cohesion has been cancelled suddenly.
The route through Girlington and Manningham (my father-in-law was born in Manningham) for the April 23 event had been deliberately chosen to go through an area where the Bradford riots took place in 2001.
Schools were first given details of the parade by their neighbourhood policing team's school liaison officer last November. Inspector Kash Singh of Bradford's Neighbourhood Policing Team brought together a committee of local community leaders and school headteachers.
The letter inviting them to take part states that the event had already won the support of the Council of Mosques and the District Interfaith Forum.
But they have now been left dismayed after received only days' notice that it will not go ahead next week.
And a suggested alternative date of July 1 has been greeted with scorn by critics of the decision including a church leader and MPs. Not exactly St George’s Day is it, 2 months after the event?
The Reverend Tony Tooby, vicar of Girlington and chairman of governors of St Philips Primary School, said he had first learned from a senior Bradford Council officer at a meeting this week that the parade had been cancelled on "health and safety grounds".
"Children from Heaton, Manningham and Girlington were all going to be involved in the parade which was about coming together," said Mr Tooby. "We wanted to walk the route of the riots and spread a message of pace and unity. We wanted the route to include where some of the riots had taken place to educate our young people.
"The police and council just kept telling us that the reason for their objection was 'health and safety'. They proposed another route which was ridiculously short. The march would have been over before it began.   Unfortunately, there's a fear that someone may have used it to cause violence.
"If there are health and safety issues as is claimed why is it okay to have it on July 1 and not April 23? We are pretty frustrated and I feel the people of Bradford have a right to know why this unity parade has been cancelled.
"The children have been preparing for this for months, making banners and practising songs, they are very upset it has been cancelled in such a way."
Constituency MP Marsha Singh said it was a missed opportunity to boost community cohesion and reclaim St George's Day from "divisive" elements. “ The reasons given seem a bit spurious to me. If the children have been preparing for this and put so much effort in this will be a bitter blow.”
Councillor Qasim Khan (Lib Dem, Manningham) said the original intention of the parade was to mark St George's Day and bring the Manningham and Girlington communities together after the 2001 riots.
He said "It was basically to cover the areas which had been affected by the riots. It was all about bringing communities together, All the schools had prepared flags and will be obviously upset to hear the news. About 2,000 schoolchildren were due to take part plus members of the general public. There could have been five or 10,000 people."
Coun Khan said senior police officers had now objected on safety grounds and had proposed an alternative route which had been rejected by many of those taking part causing it to be cancelled.
Martin Bishop deputy head teacher of St Philip's Primary school, said: "The children will be very disappointed. We were first approached about the parade by West Yorkshire Police and the children and parents have been busy making banners. We were very happy to be involved in the event but it seems like it's been a waste of time now."
Atlas, Miriam Lord, Margaret McMillan and Lister Primary schools also all confirmed to the T&A that their pupils had been due to take part in next week's parade.
Readers will note from the comments that a Sikh parade was enjoyed by all last week, readers will further note that the St George's parade was instituted by a Sikh police officer, and supported by the Sikh MP. I am all for the safety of young children but what can be the objection to this proposed parade for the English patron saint? 
What is being allowed in Bradford on Wednesday is a
fundraising concert for Hope Not Hate, the anti-fascist campaign backed by the city's Trades Council. . .  the event aims to make a contribution to Hope Not Hate's expenses in combating racism and fascism across the district.
The group is engaging in doorstep canvassing and literature campaigns in the run-up to the May 1 council elections.
Love Apple managing partner Parvez Iqbal said the venue was proud to host the gig "as a way of celebrating multicultural Bradford".
Argus readers are not impressed.
I am planning to attend a St George's Day event on Wednesday and that better not be cancelled.
Posted on 04/20/2008 6:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 20 April 2008
My brother the white muslim terror recruit
An Exclusive from the Sunday Mirror
He was seen as a trophy by hate preacher Hamza. The first white British Muslim to be jailed for terrorism was flaunted at extremist rallies by hook-handed preacher Abu Hamza, his brother has revealed.
Colin Keeler, 34, told how his older brother Simon Keeler - jailed for four-and-a-half years on Friday for inciting British Muslims to kill allied troops - went from a dope-smoking layabout to an extremist disciple of Hamza.
Colin said he was horrified to witness Hamza and his 36-year-old brother together at a 2003 rally.  
"I remember the look on Hamza's face, as if he had something he could put on show because he had a white convert who could convert others," he said.   "It was pretty terrifying watching Hamza in front of all those people, shouting at them to 'Join the cause'."
Colin, a former British Army soldier, said he and his brother, who changed his name to Sulayman, had a few Muslim friends - "but he never showed signs of seriously converting."
In 1999 the two brothers travelled around France, earning enough to pay for their lodging, alcohol and cannabis. But Simon suddenly flew to Morocco to "follow the word of Islam"
"When he came back he was a different person," says Colin. "It's sad. He was brainwashed to such a degree I'm not sure he even knew who he was anymore."  
Posted on 04/20/2008 7:32 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Two Views On Martin Amis

Brian C. Anderson reviews Martin Amis's new book, The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom, in City Journal:

“It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment”—the moment, observed novelist and critic Martin Amis a few days after September 11, when America had a “sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her.” The Second Plane collects Amis’s controversial essays, reviews, and short stories on September 11 and its long aftermath. The pieces, originally published in the Guardian, The New Yorker, and other elite opinion outlets, appear chronologically, with virtually no after-the-fact emendation. They are heated, imaginative, often profound, and strikingly honest.

His initial response to September 11, Amis acknowledges, suffered from naive rationalism, a need for an explanation, a justification. He even came close to embracing the confused doctrine of moral equivalence that so many on the left have signed on to. America must have deserved it, must have had it coming for killing people in the Gulf War or for ignoring the sufferings of distant peoples. How else to explain Islamic rage?

But as the War on Terror proceeded, Amis—like his friend Christopher Hitchens and French thinkers André Glucksmann and Bernard-Henri Lévy, but unlike most other left-leaning writers—took the measure of what free societies were up against. “The most extreme Sunni Islamists want to kill everyone on earth except the most extreme Sunni Islamists; but every rank-and-file jihadi sees the need for eliminating all non-Muslims, either by conversion or execution,” he writes.

Enough with moral equivalence, Amis concluded. Whatever the relative sins of the West, the paranoid, irrational, death-loving, freedom-hating Islamic ideology—“horrorism,” he dubs it—was pure totalitarian evil, a “maximum malevolence,” and had to be called such and resisted. He now bristles at the charge (often directed at him) of Islamophobia. A phobia, after all, is an irrational fear, and it’s not irrational to fear something that seeks to exterminate you.

Contrast this with Michiku Kakutani's "chuckleheaded" review in the New Duranty:

Mr. Amis writes of an Islamist “death-hunger,” comparable “outside Africa” only to what existed in Nazi Germany and Stalinite Kampuchea. He suggests that the Islamist war on the West is “a kind of thwarted narcissism,” rooted in sexual frustration and anger at Islam’s impotence on the world stage (completely ignoring the experts like Michael Scheuer, the former C.I.A. officer and Qaeda specialist, who argue that Osama bin Laden’s declaration of war is a reaction to specific United States foreign policies like support for Israel and an American presence in Muslim lands). And while he writes that “we respect Muhammad” (just not “Muhammad Atta”), he makes gross generalizations about the “extreme incuriosity of Islamic culture” and the differences between Sunnis and Shias (“The Sunni are more legalistic. The Shia are dreamier and more poetic and emotional.”)

Scheuer, as Hugh Fitzgerald would say, "Good God." Let's return to Anderson's review:

Reading The Second Plane is a bracing experience. The anger and upset that I felt on September 11 and the days that followed simmered again. Especially powerful was Amis’s review of Paul Greengrass’s 2006 film, United 93, about the doomed 9/11 flight whose brave passengers crashed it (at over 600 miles per hour) into a Pennsylvania field before it could obliterate the White House or the Capitol. For all his wrenching realism, Greengrass spares us something, says Amis: United 93 has no children in it. Yet when was the last time you boarded a plane that had no children?

“It is hard to defend your imagination from such a reality (and the Internet will not willingly tell you about the children on the planes of 9/11),” Amis notes. He then brings us where Greengrass and the Web don’t: “‘What’s happening? Well, you see, my child, the men with the bloodstained knives think that if they kill themselves, and all of us, we will stop trying to destroy Islam and they will go at once to a paradise of women and wine.’ No, I suppose you would just tell him or her that you loved them, and he or she would tell you that they loved you too. Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. We can’t tell if it will survive us. But we can be sure that it’s the last thing to go.”

Posted on 04/20/2008 8:06 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Clueless At The Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Fleishman, apparently oblivious to what the Muslim Brotherhood stands for, only reveals that his amiable subject who "has a Jewish friend" is an active member of the Brotherhood in the 20th paragraph. He writes in the LATimes:

CAIRO, Egypt - It was a boyhood of miniskirts and stern-faced imams. As Ahmed abu Haiba grew into a man, he felt a kinship with the clerics who recited the Quran in badly lighted television studios, but he feared they didn't stand a chance against the new Western temptations of pop divas pouting about carnal pleasures and broken hearts...

"I want a new Islamic media," said abu Haiba, 39. "My point is not to condemn the West but to build my culture with its own seeds, its own matrix. ... I am more worried about Western culture than politics. ... If I lose my culture, I become a stranger in my own country."...

It is this in-between cultural landscape that abu Haiba and other moderate Islamists want to seize from the provocative imagery and iconography of the West...

Abu Haiba is distilling his own voice amid the clatter. Urbane, lightly bearded and English-speaking, he talks of the complexities of infusing art with religion. He is careful to show plurality - he happily mentions that he has a Jewish friend - but is insistent that Islam should permeate all aspects of life. During a recent interview, he excused himself briefly to answer the 6:30 p.m. call to prayer.

The intent of abu Haiba's production company, Light of the East, which has raised $4 million from investors, is to popularize Islam for a younger generation. The music video channel is expected to launch in June. Egyptian authorities closely monitor such ventures by Islamists and abu Haiba has kept an air of secrecy around the project. He wouldn't give the names of his investors.

Sitting at his desk the other day, abu Haiba played a promo for the channel on a large flat-screen TV. It cited ratings and demographics: In Egypt, 15- to 24-year-olds make up 50 percent to 64 percent of viewers tuning in to nearly 70 music video channels. That age group makes up 0 percent of the religious programming market.

That's a disturbing statistic for abu Haiba, a mechanical engineer whose religious evolution mirrors that of many professionals of his generation. During his undergraduate years at Cairo University, abu Haiba, who has been writing poems and plays since he was 13, founded a theater troupe. At the same time, he explored different strands of Islam, including extremism, before settling on the political and spiritual fusion espoused by the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed party that has widespread support among the middle and educated classes.

Abu Haiba's connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, which won 20 percent of seats in Parliament in 2005 and since has seen hundreds of its members jailed, earned him a file with the state security services. He says that the dossier is full of "fairy tales" but that in his artistic work, except for an occasional battle with censors, he has not been harassed. His new play, The Code, a meditation on Western influence in his nation, brought closer scrutiny.

The play tells the story of the invasion of Egypt by a fictional nation strongly resembling the United States. The conquered are controlled by robots and reclaim their freedom and cultural heritage only when they turn to God. The defeated people are powerless, becoming scared, yet seduced by the invader.

"The point of the play," said abu Haiba, "is to ask the question: What happened to us? We were such a great nation. We lost our souls."...

Fleishman is obviously sympathetic to this slick Muslim Brother. Shame on the LA Times.

Posted on 04/20/2008 8:39 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Pseudsday Psunday

I've written a novel. It's better than anything Nabokov wrote. Not an anagram - that would be too easy - a novel.

Pull the other one, I hear you say, possibly in Russian. Where is it, then?

Ah, well, that's the thing. You can't actually read it: it's available as a "myth" and as a "public discourse". As  myth and public discourse, my novels are better than Nabokov's, my music is better than Beethoven's and my films are funnier than Spinal Tap.

I don't know much about art. I don't even know what I like. But one thing I do know:  if you're going to do the kind of art that may or may not be real, why do something that is really - or not really - rubbish?

By now, most readers will know about Aliza Shvarts, the Yale "artist" (shvartist?) who may or may not have induced miscarriages as art. Whether true or not, it is repellent, but her description of it - well, let's just say that it interrogates belief. Belief in "arse" and "elbow" as separate categories. From the Yale Daily News (h/t Rebecca):

This piece — in its textual and sculptural forms — is meant to call into question the relationship between form and function as they converge on the body. The artwork exists as the verbal narrative you see above, as an installation that will take place in Green Hall, as a time-based performance, as a independent concept, as a myth and as a public discourse.

It creates an ambiguity that isolates the locus of ontology to an act of readership. An intentional ambiguity pervades both the act and the objects I produced in relation to it. The performance exists only as I chose to represent it.

As an intervention into our normative understanding of “the real” and its accompanying politics of convention, this performance piece has numerous conceptual goals. The first is to assert that often, normative understandings of biological function are a mythology imposed on form. It is this mythology that creates the sexist, racist, ableist, nationalist and homophobic perspective, distinguishing what body parts are “meant” to do from their physical capability. The myth that a certain set of functions are “natural” (while all the other potential functions are “unnatural”) undermines that sense of capability, confining lifestyle choices to the bounds of normatively defined narratives.

Just as it is a myth that women are “meant” to be feminine and men masculine, that penises and vaginas are “meant” for penetrative heterosexual sex (or that mouths, anuses, breasts, feet or leather, silicone, vinyl, rubber, or metal implements are not “meant” for sex at all), it is a myth that ovaries and a uterus are “meant” to birth a child.

Some might say that an anus isn't "meant" for talking out of. Shvarts - how apposite that name - proves them wrong.

Posted on 04/20/2008 8:46 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 20 April 2008

From bullshit to pigshit - The Telegraph has the story:

German farmers with uncontrollable wind: these, it turns out, were the factors that converged to create the malodorous atmosphere lingering over southern England for the past few days.

At the first sign of a break in the cold weather, the pastoralists of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony had rushed out as one man to spread their fertiliser of choice - pig manure - across those rich northern meadows. The sun, remembering it was April and time to get warm, brought the accumulated ordure to perfect ripeness, and then the wind, blowing unseasonably easterly, carried the rich scent to us.

The Germans have had the good grace to own up to being the source of the antisocial fragrance, though the farmers themselves have given as it were a collective shrug and pointed out that "the wind bloweth where it listeth" - or whatever is Luther's translation of that verse.

This is probably not the place to broach the Brussels question, or to bemoan the swings and roundabouts of outrageous integration - what we put in, and what comes our way in return. Christopher Booker argues that the seat of our government has moved across the Channel. Nevertheless, since we have had to join in with it, we could at least have been granted some notice that our neighbours were composing, or decomposing, a new Pong for Europe.

Posted on 04/20/2008 11:53 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 20 April 2008
A good murder

Jeanette Winterson writes about her mother:

ONE OF MRS WINTERSON'S objections to literature was that “the trouble with a book is that you never know what's in it until it's too late”. To extract the full flavour of this dire warning, “book” must rhyme with “spook” and be allowed four extra Os.

When I challenged her with her own taste for murder mysteries, she replied: “If you know there's a body coming, it's not so much of a shock.”

It is difficult to argue with this. However, a body isn't enough to make a good murder mystery. There are rules - very specific rules, set out by editor Ronald Knox in 1929:

1. The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow.

2. All supernaural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.

3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable.

4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance that will need a long scientific explanation at the end.

5. No Chinaman must figure in the story.

6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition that proves to be right.

7. The detective must not himself commit the crime.

8. The detective must not light on any clues which are not instantly produced for the inspection of the reader.

9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts that pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.

10. Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them.

I read a lot of murder mysteries (see my September 2007 article) and cannot recall a single Chinaman featuring in any of them. Perhaps they were edited out.

Posted on 04/20/2008 12:53 PM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Rice: Nevermind Those "Special Groups," Everything's Swell In Iraq

A little musical accompaniment is in order for this story. Hit it Ethyl.

BAGHDAD (AFP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday said Iraqi leaders were more united than ever, as Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr warned of a war against the government.

Rice also said that security in Iraq had improved but, during her stay in Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area was rocked by an explosion which, according to a US official, could have been a rocket attack.

More than 60 people, including 40 Shiite fighters, were reported killed since Saturday in clashes with security forces, Iraqi and US officials said.

"I see a coalescing of a centre in Iraqi politics in which the Sunnis, the Kurdish leadership and the elements of the Shiite leadership that are not associated with these 'Special Groups' (alleged Iranian-backed Shiite groups) have been working better than at any time before," she said.

"It is indeed a moment of opportunity in Iraq thanks to the decision of the Iraqi prime minister and the unified Iraqi leadership."

The US military claims that "Special Groups", many of them from Sadr's feared Mahdi Army militia, are being trained by Iranian covert agents to fight American forces in Iraq.

Rice stopped in Baghdad before heading to Bahrain and then on to Kuwait for talks on a regional conference of Iraq's neighbours on Tuesday on the battered country's security.

Her visit comes a day after Sadr threatened to declare "open war" if the crackdown by Iraqi and US forces against his loyalists is not halted...

Posted on 04/20/2008 2:12 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Adage sprung to mind in the fruit and veg aisle of Sainsburys

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
Knowledge is being aware that botanically the tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in the fruit salad.

Knowledge is also knowing that the banana tree is the worlds largest herb.
Bananas are lovely fruit but, like limes and lemons, they don't really go in fruit salad either.

Posted on 04/20/2008 2:46 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Nigerian Muslim traders protest 'blasphemy'of Mohammed
Commercial activities were paralysed in northern Nigeria's largest city Kano on Sunday when Muslim traders protested an alleged blasphemy of the prophet Mohammed by a Christian trader.
Hundreds of angry traders at the Sabon-Gari market were seen setting bonfires on major streets leading to the market, and called for the killing of the trader.
He was accused of putting blasphemous writings onto the walls of his shop against Mohammed, Islam's holiest figure.
"A Christian trader was accused of making some blasphemous inscriptions against prophet Mohammed in his shop by his moslem colleagues who pounced on him," Kano police spokesman Baba Mohammed told AFP.
He said the man escaped to the police station in the market, from where he was quickly ferried to the state police headquarters for protection.
"We have made several arrests of persons suspected of attempting to breach the peace while the suspect is in our custody pending conclusion of investigation," Mohammed said.
He said the police used tear gas and fired shots in the air to disperse the protesters, while the market and other businesses were shut to prevent the situation from escalating.
Posted on 04/20/2008 3:16 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

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