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“Governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place in this chamber,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Residents of Tripoli, meanwhile, said the price of food has skyrocketed in recent days. They said the regime has promised 500 Libyan dinars to Libyans who present their “family book,” a form of photo identification. Long lines formed outside banks in the capital; however, few residents said they had received the money. Others said they would never take the money.
“I am not going to take this bribe,” said a Tripoli resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the unrest that has swept the Arab world is spreading in Africa. In Zimbabwe, 45 human-rights activists were charged with treason after they took part in a meeting in the capital, Harare, titled “Revolt in Egypt and Tunisia: What Lessons Can Be Learnt by Zimbabwe and Africa.”
“To arrest these 45 people for having attended a single meeting to discuss current events in Egypt and Tunisia is surprising. But charging them with treason, where each faces the death penalty, and then, given the lack of evidence in the case, horrendously torturing many of them to persuade some to become state witnesses is deplorable,” said Jared Genser, president of Freedom Now, which has been retained by the group as its international counsel.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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