authoritarian dictator

Erdogan, who came to power in 2002, has modernized the economic structures of the country and reduced the power of the military, launching his nation as a model for the entire Islamic world. He has also recently launched a number of laws on religious education and against the sale of alcohol. But part of the secular society accuses him of wanting to Islamize the country and stifle personal freedoms. Most of the protesters liken him to an authoritarian dictator. 06/04/2013 09:42
EGYPT - ISLAM.
Cairo, thousands of judges protest against Islamization of society
The protesters called for the repeal of the law on pre-retirement of judicial officials. Approximately 13 thousand judges to be sent into retirement. For protest leaders the move is an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to maintain power in the judicial field.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Thousands of Egyptian judges last night invaded the square before the High Court in Cairo to demand the end of the rule of the Islamist Justice and protest against the early retirement of more than 13 thousand officials.

The demonstration was organized by the Egyptian Judges Club, a union collects about 90% of Egyptian judges. It comes after the verdict issued in recent days by the Egyptian Constitutional Court which has judged the laws that govern the Shura Council (parliament), dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood unconstitutional, thus rendering void the controversial proposed laws made in recent years, such as the 'attribution of extraordinary powers to president Morsi and the ability of the same to appoint key officials of the Egyptian judicial system.

In recent months the government and President Mohammed Morsi have defended the draft law on lowering the retirement age of civil servants as an attempt to eliminate the judges loyal to the regime of Mubarak. However, according to leaders of the protest the move would allow the Muslim Brotherhood to place only judges related to the movement within the courts in order to stem the loss of support among the population.

Since Mohammed Morsi's rise to power sentences for blasphemy and offense to the president have increased. Recently, Ahmed Duma, an activist, was sentenced to six months in prison for criticizing President Morsi on social networks. Another example of the gradual Islamization of the justice system is the case of Dimyana Ubeid Abdel al-Nour, a Christian teacher on trial for insulting Islam and Muhammad during a lesson. The woman has always declared herself innocent. In her history lesson she had spoken of her respect for the Orthodox Coptic Patriarch Shenouda III.

06/04/2013 09:26
TURKEY
Strikes and demonstrations continue. Erdogan: This is not the Turkish Spring
Death toll now stands at three. In recent clashes 1000 injured in Istanbul and 700 in Ankara. In the capital, police use teargas in clashes against demonstrators. The Prime Minister claims the title of "Spring Turkish" to describe the work of his government. Protesters demand his resignation.

Istanbul (AsiaNews) - The public employee unions are starting a two-day strike in support of anti-government demonstrations that have spread throughout the country from Taksim.

The demonstrations that started five days ago in Istanbul, to defend the Gezi Park from property speculation, have become a mass protest movement against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In recent days, the violent clashes between protesters and police have left three people dead. The most recent victim is 22 year old  Comert Abdullah, who died in hospital after being hit by a gunshot during clashes in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria. The first victim was Sarisuluk Ethem, who died in Ankara from a shot of gunshot wound to the head. The second victim is 20 year old Mehmet Ayvalitas: he died in Istanbul hit by a car that drove into the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, human rights groups and doctors have updated the toll of the clashes: the wounded are at least 1000 in Istanbul and a further 700 in Ankara. The interior ministry said they have arrested 1,700 people.

Yesterday there were still demonstrations in Taksim Square. To the cry of "Tayyip, resign!" many protesters tried to reach the house of the Prime Minister in the Besiktas neighborhood, blocked by police and tear gas. This morning, there were clashes between demonstrators and police in Ankara.

The Prime Minister Erdogan, before flying to Morocco, spoke yesterday on television, blaming "vandals" and "extremists" of being behind the demonstrations. He warned against comparing the recent riots to a " Turkish Spring". " Was there a multiparty system in the Arab Spring countries?", he asked. He also claimed that his government, its political and economic reforms are already a "Turkish spring ". "Those in foreign media who talk about a Turkish Spring, we are already going through Turkish Spring, we have been living in it, and those who want to turn it into winter will not succeed".

Erdogan, who came to power in 2002, has modernized the economic structures of the country and reduced the power of the military, launching his nation as a model for the entire Islamic world. He has also recently launched a number of laws on religious education and against the sale of alcohol. But part of the secular society accuses him of wanting to Islamize the country and stifle personal freedoms. Most of the protesters liken him to an authoritarian dictator.

04/06/2013 08:44
TURCHIA
Ancora scioperi e manifestazioni. Erdogan: Non è la Primavera turca
Sale a tre il bilancio dei morti. Negli scontri di questi giorni vi sono stati 1000 feriti a Istanbul e 700 ad Ankara. Nella capitale vi sono stati ancora scontri fra polizia e dimostranti, con lancio di gas lacrimogeno. Il premier rivendica il titolo di "Primavera turca" all'operato del suo governo. I manifestanti domandano le sue dimissioni.

Istanbul (AsiaNews) - I sindacati del pubblico impiego hanno deciso da oggi uno sciopero di due giorni a sostegno delle manifestazioni antigovernative che da piazza Taksim si diffondono in tutto il Paese.

Le dimostrazioni iniziate cinque giorni fa a Istanbul, per difendere il Gezi Park dalle speculazioni edilizie, sono divenute una contestazione di massa contro il governo di Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Negli ultimi giorni, i violenti scontri fra la folla e la polizia hanno fatto tre morti. Il più recente è Abdullah Comert, un ragazzo di 22 anni deceduto in ospedale dopo essere stato colpito da un colpo d'arma da fuoco durante scontri nel sud della Turchia, al confine con la Siria. La prima vittima si chiamava Ethem Sarisuluk, morto ad Ankara per un colpo di arma da fuoco alla testa. La seconda vittima è un ragazzo di 20 anni, Mehmet Ayvalitas: è morto ad Istanbul investito da un'auto che si è scagliata contro i manifestanti.

Intanto, gruppi per i diritti umani e dottori aggiornano il bilancio degli scontri: i feriti sarebbero almeno 1000 a Istanbul e altri 700 ad Ankara. Il ministero degli interni afferma di aver arrestato 1700 persone.

Nella giornata di ieri vi sono state ancora dimostrazioni in piazza Taksim. Al grido di "Tayyip, dimettiti!" molti manifestanti hanno cercato di raggiungere la casa del premier nel quartiere di Besiktas, bloccati dalla polizia e dai candelotti lacrimogeni. Questa mattina, ad Ankara, vi sono stati scontri fra dimostranti e polizia.

Il premier Erdogan, prima di volare verso il Marocco, ha parlato ieri alla televisione, accusando "vandali" ed "estremisti" dietro alle manifestazioni. Egli ha messo in guardia dal paragonare i moti di questi giorni a una "primavera araba in Turchia". "Nei Paesi della Primavera araba vi era forse un sistema multipartito?", ha chiesto in televisione. E ha rivendicato che il suo governo, le sue riforme politiche ed economiche sono già una "primavera turca". "Coloro che nei media stranieri parlano di una Primavera turca, [sappiano che] siamo già nella primavera turca, l'abbiamo vissuta, e coloro che vogliono ritornare indietro all'inverno non vinceranno".

Salito al potere nel 2002, Erdogan ha modernizzato le strutture economiche del Paese e ridotto il potere dei militari, lanciandosi come modello per tutto il mondo islamico. Negli ultimi tempi ha varato alcune leggi sull'educazione religiosa e contro la vendita di alcol. Ma una parte laica della società lo accusa di voler islamizzare il Paese e soffocare le libertà personali. In più i manifestanti lo additano come un autoritario dittatore.

06/04/2013 CHINA
More censorship and arrests on the anniversary of Tiananmen
by Wang Zhicheng
The Mothers of Tiananmen are not allowed to honour the memory of their killed children. Hong Kong journalists are stopped in the square. Hu Jia is threatened as a "security risks." Words and images of candles that refer to the day of the massacre are censored online. In Hong Kong, more than 100,000 people are expected in tonight's vigil.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese police are hard at work to stop and restrict activists, dissidents and journalists, by blocking any prayer or act of remembrance dedicated to the massacre of 4 June 1989, including on...
06/04/2013 BANGLADESH
Muslims, Hindus and Catholics remember Baniarchar church victims
by Sumon Corraya
Twelve years after a church bombing killed ten people, wounding an additional 26, members of three religions come together to commemorate the victims and demand justice. For Hindu leader, "Bangladesh is a country of peaceful coexistence," and extremist groups "tarnish the country's image."    06/04/2013 SRI LANKA
Battuluoya, a parish reborn thanks to the nuns love
by Melani Manel Perera
On the 8th of June, the parish of St. Anthony of Battuluoya celebrates its centenary. From 20 to 26 May, a group of 12 religious of the Holy Family of Colombo visited all Catholic families in the parish. Thanks to the missionary gesture hundreds of people have drawn closer to the Church, the sacraments and the Gospel values .
06/04/2013 INDONESIA
Indonesian Church joins pope in universal Eucharistic adoration
by Mathias Hariyadi
The faithful packed parish churches, cathedrals and monasteries to pray the Blessed Sacrament with Pope Francis. Even cloistered convents joined the initiative. Bishop of Purwokerto said that a "moving atmosphere" prevailed during the event to boost "faith in Christ in everyday life."    06/04/2013 VATICAN
Pope: the Christian’s language is "yes, is yes, no, no," hypocrisy is the language of the corrupt
Commenting on the episode of the Pharisees who ask Jesus if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar, Francis shows how they "seek to deceive, to involve others in their deceit, their lies. They have a lying heart, they cannot say the truth. " "Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption". " Let us think closely today: What is our language? Do we speak in truth, with love, or do we speak with that social language to be polite, even say nice things, which we do not feel? Let our language be evangelical."
06/04/2013 TAIWAN
Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian attempts suicide in jail
A guard found him lying in the bathroom of his cell with three towels tight around the neck. The former president is serving a 19 years sentence for corruption and has been suffering from depression for months.    06/04/2013 VIETNAM - VATICAN
Vietnamese Catholics join Pope Francis in universal Eucharistic adoration
by Thanh Thúy
The faithful filled the country's churches and cathedrals with enthusiasm and participation in response to Pope Bergoglio's call. Becoming "one in Christ" and strengthening the ideal of "unity and communion" with the Church universal were among the many intentions. Special thoughts were devoted to the victims of war, crisis and religious persecution.
06/04/2013 CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese Catholics united with Pope Francis in universal Eucharistic adoration
by Jian Mei
Official and underground bishops emphasised unity with the Pope and the universal Church. In many parishes, adoration was held in conjunction with the St Peter's Basilica from 11 pm to midnight (Beijing time). In the countryside, given the difficulties of transport, the event was held in daylight hours. Everyone prayed for Pope Francis's intentions.    06/04/2013 EGYPT - ISLAM
Cairo, thousands of judges protest against Islamization of society
The protesters called for the repeal of the law on pre-retirement of judicial officials. Approximately 13 thousand judges to be sent into retirement. For protest leaders the move is an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to maintain power in the judicial field.
06/04/2013 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Pyongyang, "important" progress towards reopening Yongbyon nuclear reactor
Reported by a source linked to the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Satellite images show that within "one or two months" at most the plant will be able to restart production of plutonium. Kim regime concludes "repair of the cooling system."    06/04/2013 TURKEY
Strikes and demonstrations continue. Erdogan: This is not the Turkish Spring
Death toll now stands at three. In recent clashes 1000 injured in Istanbul and 700 in Ankara. In the capital, police use teargas in clashes against demonstrators. The Prime Minister claims the title of "Spring Turkish" to describe the work of his government. Protesters demand his resignation.
06/03/2013 VATICAN
Pope: John XXIII, the good pope's daily abandonment to God's will is a lesson for the Church of our time
Francis remembers Pope Roncalli 50 years after his death. Peace and obedience are the traits of a man who was "a promoter of unity, inside and outside the Church community, open to dialogue with Christians of other Churches, with members of the Jewish and Muslim [traditions] and with many other men of goodwill."    06/03/2013 BANGLADESH
"Without the laity, the Church cannot grow," says bishops' commission in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya
Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, president of the Bishops' Conference, focuses on prayer and missionary activity at a theology workshop he organised for lay people in Bangladesh. "They have a great responsibility within the Catholic Church," he said.
06/03/2013 INDIA
Tripura: Christian man beheaded for not converting to Hinduism
After he married a tribal girl, her father pressured him to change religion. After a prayer ritual, a shaman performed the murder. His wife now fears for her life and that of their son.    06/03/2013 ASIA - UNITED STATES
Beijing against everybody in the South China Sea
Hanoi wants to create a united front among ASEAN countries to counter China's predominance despite the fact that Beijing is also its main ally and trading partner. Domestic protests against Beijing mirror the struggle against the country's one-party state. The United States beefs up its alliance with Japan and the Philippines. China shows restraint ahead of a meeting between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping.
2013/06/04 15:17
中国
中共再度封杀六四纪念大肆逮捕
by Wang Zhicheng
天安门母亲被禁止纪念死难的子女、香港记者在广场上被扣、胡佳遭"人身安全"威胁、蜡烛和纪念六四画面及言论被封。香港十万多人将参加今晚烛光祈祷

北京(亚洲新闻)-中国警方不遗余力地大肆封杀、控制活跃人士、持不同政见者、新闻记者;遏制网络上的各种纪念六四活动。

            今天上午,部分要在天安门广场上拍摄升旗仪式的香港记者被扣留、审讯、随身携带物品被收缴、拍摄内容被删掉。

            "天安门母亲"成员张鲜灵表示,至少十名警察堵在她家门口,甚至不许小时工进入。过去几年里只有三、四名,今年却大动干戈。尽管如此,她仍然会竭尽全力去悼念儿子王楠。被杀时,王楠年仅十九岁。

            "天安门母亲"领导人丁子霖教授也被警告不得接近天安门广场去悼念儿子、给遇难时年仅十七岁的儿子献花。

            持不同政见者胡佳因在网络撰文服刑三年半。六月二日,他想回到北京却遭到了人身安全的威胁。

            网络压力和封杀更加严重。新郎微博上所有蜡烛、广场字眼均遭封杀。事实上,许多网民通过蜡烛等画面表达哀思。搜索器上更是无法找到六四字样。

            与此同时,香港正在积极筹备今晚的烛光祈祷(见照片),主要以青年为主。组织者希望能够到达十万之众。一发起人表示,今年港人要再次为六四申冤、让全世界都听到对习近平的不满。后者似乎越来越独裁、比胡锦涛还要严重。

2013/06/01 中国
连串逮捕企图抹去「六四」天安门屠杀的记忆。「天安门母亲」批评习近平政策倒退
2013/06/03 中国
鲍彤指出不为六四平反中国也就没有发展可言
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02/02/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
HK pro-democracy activists to invite exiled dissidents to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown
05/08/2007 HONG KONG – CHINA
Legislative Council blocks motion condemning Tiananmen repression
06/06/2009 HONG KONG - CHINA
Outpouring of donations at Hong Kong Vigil, they will fund an archive on Tiananmen
06/04/2010 CHINA – HONG KONG
Li Peng, the “butcher of Tiananmen,” was “ready to die” to stop the student turmoil
06/03/2008 HONG KONG - CHINA
March for Tiananmen victims recalls Sichuan casualties

06/04/2013 13:54
CHINA
More censorship and arrests on the anniversary of Tiananmen
by Wang Zhicheng
The Mothers of Tiananmen are not allowed to honour the memory of their killed children. Hong Kong journalists are stopped in the square. Hu Jia is threatened as a "security risks." Words and images of candles that refer to the day of the massacre are censored online. In Hong Kong, more than 100,000 people are expected in tonight's vigil.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese police are hard at work to stop and restrict activists, dissidents and journalists, by blocking any prayer or act of remembrance dedicated to the massacre of 4 June 1989, including on the internet.

This morning, police detained and interrogated some Hong Kong reporters trying to tape the flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square. Their equipment was seized and the recorded material was deleted.

Zhang Xianling, from the group 'Mothers of Tiananmen', an organisation that represents the relatives of the young people killed by army tanks on that fateful day, said that at least ten police officers were deployed around her house compared to only three or four police in previous years. Although they prevented the cleaning lady from entering, she said she would do anything to honour her 19-year-old son Wang Nan in the square where he was killed.

Group founder Ding Zilin said she was warned that she would not be allowed to go to Mixidi, near Tiananmen Square, to honour with flowers her son who was killed at the age of 17.

Dissident Hu Jia, who has served three and a half years in prison for posting articles on the internet, was followed from Beijing to Guangzhou. He wanted to return to the capital by 2 June, but was prevented because he constituted a "security risk."

Heavy-handed pressure and censorship have not spared the web. On Sina Weibo, words like 'candle' and 'square' are off-limits in search engines when users tried to express their participation in the memory of Tiananmen by posting the picture of a candle.

Despite the restrictions, many did find a way to commemorate the massacre through veiled references. For instance, the number '64', which refers to June 4, has become the most clicked term on search engines.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, many groups, especially young people (pictured), are preparing a vigil in memory of the martyrs of Tiananmen. Organisers hope to attract more than 100,000 people.

One of the leaders, Lee Cheuk-yan, said that this year Hong Kongers should repeat their demand for justice on behalf of the fallen of Tiananmen and show their pain to President Xi Jinping, who seems be following an even more authoritarian path than his predecessor Hu Jintao.


04/06/2013 12:20
CINA
Ancora censure e arresti per l'anniversario di Tiananmen
di Wang Zhicheng
Divieto alle Madri di Tiananmen di onorare la memoria dei loro figli uccisi. Giornalisti di Hong Kong fermati nella piazza. Hu Jia minacciato di "rischi per la sicurezza". Censurate immagini di candele e parole che ricordano la data e il massacro. A Hong Kong si attendono oltre 100mila persone alla veglia di questa sera.

Pechino (AsiaNews) - La polizia cinese è indaffarata a bloccare e controllare attivisti, dissidenti e giornalisti bloccando ogni ricordo o preghiera sul massacro del 4 giugno 1989, anche su internet.

Stamane, alcuni giornalisti di Hong Kong che volevano filmare l'alzabandiera sulla piazza Tiananmen sono stati fermati e interrogati e il loro materiale è stato sequestrato e cancellato.

Zhang Xianling, del gruppo "Madri di Tiananmen", che raccoglie parenti dei giovani uccisi dai carri armati dell'esercito, ha dichiarato che almeno 10 poliziotti sono schierati attorno alla sua casa e non permettono nemmeno alla donna delle pulizie di entrare. Secondo la donna, negli anni scorsi ve ne erano solo 3 o quattro. Nonostante ciò, essa ha deciso che farà di tutto per andare a onorare suo figlio Wang Nan, 19 anni, nel luogo in cui è stato ucciso.

Anche Ding Zilin, la fondatrice del gruppo, è stata avvertita che non le sarà permesso di andare a Mixidi, vicino a piazza Tiananmen, per onorare con dei fiori il figlio ucciso a 17 anni.

Il dissidente Hu Jia, che ha scontato tre anni e mezzo per aver postato alcuni articoli su internet, è stato seguito da Pechino fino a Guangzhou. Egli voleva ritornare entro il 2 giugno nella capitale, ma gli è stato impedito minacciandolo di "rischi per la sicurezza".

La pressione e la censura è forte anche sul web. Sul Sina Weibo è bloccata la ricerca di "candela" e "piazza". Molti utenti hanno infatti cercato di esprimere la loro partecipazione alla memoria di Tiananmen postando l'immagine di una candela.  Nonostante ciò, molti hanno trovato il modo di ricordare il massacro attraverso velati riferimenti. Il numero "64", riferito al 4 giugno, è divenuto il termine più cercato nei motori.

Intanto, a Hong Kong, molti gruppi, soprattutto giovani (v. foto), si preparano alla veglia in memoria dei martiri di Tiananmen. Gli organizzatori sperano nella partecipazione di oltre 100mila persone. Lee Cheuk-yan, uno dei leader, ha detto che quest'anno la popolazione di Hong Kong deve rinnovare la richiesta di giustizia per i morti di Tiananmen e far sentire tutto il loro disagio verso il presidente Xi Jinping, che sembra camminare su un sentiero ancora più autoritario del suo predecessore Hu Jintao.

01/06/2013 CINA
Serie di arresti per cancellare il ricordo di Tiananmen. Il gruppo delle "Madri" critica Xi Jinping
di Wang Zhicheng
03/06/2013 CINA
Bao Tong: Nessun progresso per la Cina se non si ripudia il massacro del 4 giugno
di Wang Zhicheng
03/06/2006 cina - hong kong
A 17 anni dal massacro di Tiananmen: garantire i diritti agli operai
di Han Dongfang
04/06/2004 Cina – Dossier Tiananmen
Parla un testimone del massacro dell'89
03/06/2004 CINA - DOSSIER TIANANMEN
L' eredità di Tiananmen
di Bernardo Cervellera

Turchia, terza vittima Bonino: inaccettabile

-- Mondo --
Si aggrava il bilancio degli scontri. Manifestazioni in diverse zone della città e i disordini si registrano nell'area di Besiktas, sul Bosforo, non lontano dalla sede della residenza del premier Erdogan