Thursday, December 01, 2005

And We Think Elections Are Nasty In Canada...

Election Violence Kills One in Egypt

h/t Sandmonkey Check the photos he's got posted!

MANSOURA, Egypt - Violence wracked the final round of Egypt's troubled parliamentary elections Thursday, as police opened fire on crowds and used nightsticks and tear gas to bar voters from entering polling stations in opposition strongholds.

At least one person was killed and 60 were wounded, said Mohammed el-Ashqar, a campaign worker for a leftist opposition candidate.

Although voting proceeded without violence or intimidation in some areas, voters were met at the polls by lines of police in towns where ruling party candidates faced stiff competition from the opposition. The only people allowed through were those who said they would cast ballots for President Hosni Mubarak' National Democratic Party.

(Emphasis mine. Read the rest of the article here.)

And we think we got troubles...


Blogger Candace said...

So what happened, do you think, to those who lied about who they were voting for? Do the police escort you in & make sure you vote the way you said you would?

I hope PMPM doesn't see this post, it might give him ideas...

Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:50:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Never actually thought of that. Think we should worry?

Do we still have the War Measures Act (it's been quiet for so long, I can't remember...)? 8={

Thursday, December 01, 2005 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Went and read the article, great post. Loved the bit about them climbing in through the bathroom windows to vote. Here in Canada, we would just go home...

Thursday, December 01, 2005 7:57:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

The way voter turnouts are in this country, we'd use the bathroom window to escape the polling stations!

Although, this year (or should I say next year), maybe we've got an angry enough electorate that they'll actually get off their collective asses and do something?

Ya think?

Thursday, December 01, 2005 11:09:00 PM  

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