Obama condemns violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, February 18, 2011 13:50 EDT
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen and called for universal rights of expression to be respected.

Obama expressed his concern in a statement read to reporters aboard Air Force One by his spokesman Jay Carney, who said the president was getting frequent briefings on Middle East violence from national security aides.

“I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen,” Obama said in the statement.

“The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur.”

“We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations.

“The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests and to respect the rights of their people,” Obama said.

Obama’s statement came after a fresh upsurge of violence rattled US foes and allies alike in northern Africa and the Gulf.

In Libya, a “day of anger” by opposition groups against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi cost at least 28 lives, according to local sources.

In the Western-leaning Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, there was another bloodbath, as security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters in the capital on Friday, wounding dozens, a day after four people were killed and some 200 wounded.

There was also a new outburst of violence in Yemen, where the government is a vital ally in the US anti-terror campaign.

Anti-regime protesters in the volatile city of Taez were blasted with a hand grenade on Friday, leaving two dead and dozens hurt, as violent clashes also erupted in Sanaa, witnesses said.

Medics in Aden, meanwhile, said three demonstrators were shot dead as police dispersed protests in several areas of the southern port city, which has borne the brunt of the 10 killed in clashes which broke out in Yemen last Sunday.

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  • Anonymous

    Guess his teleprompter was unavailable. He has overlooked these, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar.

  • Anonymous

    Iraq too.

  • Anonymous

    With the criminal actions from Bush/ Cheney/ Rumsfeld/ Rove/ Rice and others in the previous administration and the total protection from Obama , Holder and the White House they should thank God our democracy is not working.
    Our jails would be filled to the limit if the criminals in our government was ever prosecuted for their many crimes.
    You pick a number from the crimes against our laws , democracy and treaties and they have most likely committed them all.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    But Obama’s violence in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan is doubleplusgood!

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Did he make this announcement while anti-war activists were getting their heads strummed just 15-feet away?

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    …and sang a song of six pence all the way to the banks.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    This Modern World by Tom Morrow [Cartoon]

    The Adventures of Middle Man

    The Strongman Steps Down

    A few short days ago: From his secret H.Q. deep beneath the White House, Middle Man confers with his erstwhile ally, the Egyptian Strongman

    Egyptian Strongman: “For 30 years, your nation financed and supported me, politely overlooking corruption and repression all the while! You yourself called me a friend and deliberately chose not to pressure me over all that human rights nonsense!”

    Middle Man: “Er…yes…well… I believe it is time to look forward rather than backward! In fact, I was thinking, it might be best if you, uh, maybe started thinking about, oh, you know…how can I put this…uh…”

    Egyptian Strongman: “Oh, fine! I get it! If it’s really what everyone wants… I’ll delegate power to my new sidekick, the Dungeon Master! You may remember him as “The CIA Point Man in Egypt” on extraordinary renditions.”

    Point Man: “Always happy to help a friend!”

    But suddenly…

    Egyptian Strongman: “Whoops! Change of plans! My generals inform me I’ll be stepping down entirely, effective immediately!”

    Strongman springs into action!

    Middle Man: “Uh, oh! Must…compose…statement! Haven’t got a moment…to lose!”

    And a few hours later…

    Middle Man: “Events have, uh, occurred! History has, um, been made! And just to be clear, we barely even knew that strongman guy! Remember…our support for democracy is steadfast! When it’s, you know, convenient. Yay, freedom!”

    Undoubtedly to be continued.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    With weapons bearing the label ‘Made in USA’

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Hey, c’mon, he got one of the puppets: Bahrain. That one covers them all. Can’t expect miracles, you know?

  • Mr. Neutron

    … but says violence in Saudi Arabia is OK, if the victims are the right sort of people.

  • Taleisin

    I wish Obama would ask for restraint from the Governor of Wisconsin.

  • http://twitter.com/carlocaraluzzo ithinkrevolution

    please explain how anyone is going to prison when Republicans have had a total of 20 years, during the last 36 years to stack the courts with friendly judges.

  • http://twitter.com/carlocaraluzzo ithinkrevolution

    OBAMAS VIOLENCE? You have GOT ot be freaking KIDDING me!!! Like the deficit is his fault, no jobs is his fault. Where WERE you from 2000-2008? Did you MISS the entire Bush administration?

  • http://twitter.com/carlocaraluzzo ithinkrevolution

    Does it seem a coincidence that Obama needs a “legacy” and a boost in the polls and all of a sudden we have “democratic” uprisings in areas of the world where, just a few years ago, they were demonstrating in the streets AGAINST democracy? All these groups just happened to surface, across and entire region, at the same time? With no help from any outside source?
    Same thing happened in 2001 when Bush was falling apart. We began a “war on terrorism” and got involved in Afganistan, Iraq and Pakistan. This smacks seriously of manipulation. Four different countries just DO NOT all of a sudden sprout fully fledged democratic movements, ready to rebel, in a few weeks, months or even years. This all seems to be highly organized and operated.
    Maybe we should all read 1984 again.,

  • Anonymous

    The headline should read: Obama Condemns State Violence in Bahrain, Lybia and Yemen.

    There seems no doubt where is deepest sympathies lie: with the people of these autocratic, repressive nations.

    If there is, as “Carlo” writes, some kind of strange plot here, it is neither evident nor evidence of US manipulation. I almost wish there were, because it constitutes a wonderful maximal threat to the oil rich states, whose oppression of their people IS legendary.

  • Anonymous

    The Saudis might well have their turn someday.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Yeah, tell me President empty suit, how many kids did your drones killed today?

  • Taleisin

    ‘…show restraint in responding to peaceful protests and to respect the rights of their people,” Obama said.

    He should mention that to Hillary’s minders next time.

  • Jaimie11

    Would be nice if they showed the same restraint and respect for us here too.

  • Taleisin

    What?!? You godless, liberal, socialists? Not likely.

    Honestly, what is happening in Wisconsin is appalling.
    I would like to see Obama speak about that before it all gets out of hand.

  • Jaimie11

    Oh my, I am no socialist, and certainly not liberal in the current perversion of that word’s meaning. Liberals today are willing to kill you if you have an idea they don’t agree with. I’m atheist but I know wonderful people who are deeply religious and very good friends. I have infinite respect for the way their beliefs are expressed as loving and respectful goodness. But liberals blame all of social uglies on religion and religious people.

    And the left liberals coming up today are hardcore fascist. If you do not want to do as they believe you should, they will force you because the liberal way is the only correct way.

    The rigid right wing is much the same. All these kids have been raised and schooled with no expectations for excellence, and they’ve been pampered so as not to damage their self-esteem. The result is a generation of self-satisfied, uninquisitive, egotistical ideologues who require everyone agree with them or they are insulted and made angry.

    They are unwilling to hear any idea that is not part of their portfolio. Civil war between these two groups seems inevitable. Well, at least the 2%ers will enjoy the entertainment.

    A nutshell of the state of political discourse in this wasteland.

    PS – I enjoyed your essay with my morning coffee. Yes, I agree. Not so much polytheism but a single energy pervading everything and vibrating at different frequencies, the green, the blue, the water, the aroma of earth, the creatures, the living rocks. You know? And what brought monotheism into being – none but the realization of the male role in procreation. Before that humankind believed women procreated through magic powers. And the discovery of the male role was the beginning of science aka knowledge. Too bad they had to put down the goddess to establish their identities – but they did. All of Greek myth records that struggle. She is returning, still secret knowledge for the time being. The culture is not subtle enough for her.

  • Taleisin

    I read that rant to my son and he drifting into ‘the dreaming’ when I spoke of the Aborigines and then slapped him in the face with whitefella. It upset him. Thanks for handling it.

    The feminine pillar of the Qalabistic Tree of Life is the pillar of severity. Herecules, could prove his manhood by revealing the boar tusk scar on his thigh. At that time, it was an ancient passage into manhood, that had it’s beginnings back when Women ruled. When it is their time again, man will not be treated well. But, it is the cycle of life. The Ancients understood this, but we have forgotten their old wisdom. The industrial age, the generation gap, and the willingness of the old to send waves of the young to their deaths in WWI.
    When the protestants through Mother Mary from the pyche, it did great harm to the femine prinicple in our society.

    I am a little bit socialist and a little bit capitalist and a little bit liberal and a little bit labor. Why are you guys so, one or the other ? It reminds me of Italy and other parts of Europe before WWII. The red shirts and the blackshirts. All that nonsesnse. Is that happening over there? Is everyone dividing up into little political gangs?

    You don’t sound like an atheist to me. You sound more like someone who rejects the vain old testament god. You don’t haveto choose between a minor diety and nothing. You get to choose what you think god is and the relationship you have with it, is only between you and it. No one else. That was what Jesus taught in India and they nearly killed him for it. As Richard of Rolle said, ‘The experience is self-evident’. But can not be transmitted to another.

    Anyway, it is nearly 5 in the afternoon and I must take my walk through the bush and wash in the creek.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Well why don’t you just strut in there and give them one of your devastating pretty speeches Mr. President thatt’al show em.

    Go piss with poodles or run with the big dogs but please stop the posturing your an embarrassment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    It’s all about the Internet good buddy, wake up & smell coffee.