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November 7, 2005

On Paris Riots And The Tool Of The Internet - 'We Aren't Going to Let Up! Are You Stupid?'

Topics: International News
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The riots in France are spreading -- and not just to cities across the country. An intense debate is also taking place on the Internet. Many are horrified by the riots. Others are planning them.

Paris continues to disintegrate, literally, in all nuances of the use of the word - disintegrate. Now in their eleventh straight day of rioting, the riots of Muslim youth have not only consumed Paris but are now spreading throughout the country. Even French President Jacques Chirac, long silent in terms of a response in handling the problem, finally spoke out on Sunday night and went on television to talk to his "shell-shocked fellow citizens." But from what we've been seeing come out of the mouths of French government officials, or rather the lack of substantive directives to end the violence, it seems that the citizenry are not the only ones that are "shell shocked."

The rioting endangers both moderate Muslims and non-Muslims, and is destroying the businesses and property of all ethnic groups throughout Paris. In an alarming development, authorities have said the riots spreading across France seem to be increasingly well-organized.

But according to Kim Rahir in Paris, the real debate about the nightly riots is taking place on the Internet - which is being used as a useful organizational tool by rioters and their organizers.

[...] Here, people who normally would never come into contact with each other, are exchanging views on the violence. Others -- many of whom have been ignored by France for years -- have found a platform for their views. One blog, which has since been blocked, showed a photo of a burning car. Beneath the picture was the sentence, "Good job people."

[...] The first reaction of the blog www.bouna93.skyblog.com was that of solidarity with the two youths who were electrocuted to death on October 27 after apparently trying to hide from police in an electricity substation. Beneath the headline, "In memory of Bouna and Ziad," readers were invited to enter their own messages. Hundreds of entries speak of sadness for the two teens who died so young. "We love you. May your souls rest in peace. We are thinking of you," one reads.

[...] The messages are mostly written in chat jargon full of abbreviations and grammatical errors. "May Allah lead you into Paradise," reads one message addressed to the two boys. Another writes, "electricity, that's painful, I'm afraid."

[...] just as the Internet has proven useful to those wanting to vent their frustration and anger at the violence enveloping France, others -- those involved in the violence -- have found the Internet a useful organizational tool. Plans for further attacks have made their appearances in different blogs -- like that from "Brahim." "Nice work people," he writes. "The cops are petrified of us, everything must burn, starting Monday, the operation 'Midnight Sun' starts, tell everyone else, rendezvous for Momo and Abdul in Zone 4 ... jihad Islamia Allah Akhbar."

[...] User "Samir's" message is just as threatening. "You don't really think that we're going to stop now? Are you stupid? It will continue, non-stop. We aren't going to let up. The French won't do anything and soon, we will be in the majority here."

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Meanwhile, in "Denmark Moslem youth riots ignored while Paris is burning," the question is asked - "Is there a connection between the Moslem-led youth riots in France, and the ones taking place at the same time in Denmark?"

Posted by Richard at November 7, 2005 3:44 PM



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