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#Chain 49 – Beauty Salon Showdown – Egyptian women fight back

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Benha– Unannounced raids made by the ultra-conservative Salafi making checks to ensure “God’s law” was being abided by, were met with more than they bargained for in one Egyptian beauty salon.

The women inside were ordered to stop what they were doing or face physical punishment but rather than do as they were told the women decided to make a stand & to fight back.

Using their own canes, they beat & whipped the vigilante gang and threw them out onto the street to the astonishment of onlookers.

Similar “inspections” were being carried out locally where the gangs told shop owners to stop selling indecent clothing, stop the shaving of men’s beards & threatening further checks in the future to ensure compliance.

Segregation of sexes within the Salafi sect is strict with many women having to wear the niqab to guarantee full body coverage.

The vigilantes have been linked to the newly-established group, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which announced its presence through Facebook in December.

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#Chain 36 Threat to withdraw aid and still “No Rainbow over Nigeria”

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Back in November it was reported that The Nigerian Senate had passed a bill banning same-sex marriages & calling for sentences of up to 14 years for anybody convicted of homosexuality and 10 years for anybody “aiding and abetting” same sex unions.

Despite Britain threatening to stop aid to the country, backed by Mr Cameron, the bill will go to the nation’s House of Representatives to be signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.In most countries within Africa homosexuality was made illegal on the remnants of sodomy laws introduced during colonial eras and spurned on by cultural beliefs.Certain leaders within Africa have referred to homosexuality as a type of “madness” and in turn have threatened young people, taking this path, with severe punishment.With human rights issues having a long way to go in Africa, groups supporting gay and lesbian rights believe this bill will escalate the already growing violence against people because of their sexual orientation.December 8, it was reported that Mr Gay Namibia had been physically assaulted and left in hospital for twenty-four hours after being beaten with a bottle – Out-Right Namibia (ORN) said it “strongly condemns the homophobic attack.”

It goes without saying that with the backing of the law people will feel justified into carrying out such bloody minded homophobic attacks.

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#Chain 34 – Unsanctioned Demonstrations against Russia’s Rigged Vote

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Following the results of the December 4 parliamentary elections, opposition groups have said they will continue to protest despite the fact that around 800 protestors being already detained.The groups are rallying people to join the demonstrations through various social-networking sites.The “Against the Party of Swindlers and Thieves” (making reference to the United Russia party of President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin) group is calling for protests to take place every day at 7 in the evening.The Facebook page “Demonstrations for Honest Elections – with around 11,000 likes – is calling for Muscovites to come together in protest at Moscow’s Revolution Square.The cases of those demonstrators previously detained are due to begin soon. Many of the people detained before, for carrying out unsanctioned protests, were sentenced to 15 days for their actions.Official election results showed United Russia receiving a far smaller percentage of the vote than in the last election but still enough to win more than half the seats in parliament.Opposition groups say the vote was rigged.

Facts taken and adapted from Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty

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