Suadi-Arabia: ANHRI Denounces the Security Forces Raid on the “El-Awamiaya” Town and the Random Shootings

Cairo February 20, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the raid by the security forces on “El-Awamiaya” in the eastern region and shooting the houses randomly which intimidated the residents.

The emergency and special forces supported by 40 armors and 4X4 cars and tens of security men, have invaded the “El-Awamiaya” in the governorate of Qatif in the eastern region on allegations of chasing the 23 wanted on the security list on the background of their participation in the popular protests that took place in the eastern region in 2011. The security forces have surrounded the entrances and exits of the town. The security forces banned the people from going to their work and directed the arms toward the passers whether men, women or children in order to intimidate them.

The security forces also invaded residential neighborhood of “El-Gamimah” and started shootings randomly. They have also invaded three houses from the houses of the wanted 23 list announced by the ministry of interior in 2012; Morsi El-Rabeh, Fadel El-Sawfani and Mohamed Issa El-Lebad” and the forces failed to arrest them.

ANHRI said that “the authorities invasion to “El-Awamiaya” and shootings randomly in addition to intimidating the residents on allegations of chasing three wanted on the 23 list, which include the prominent activists and youth who played a clear role in the protests that took place in the eastern region during the past time, are a clear attempt from the authorities to intimidate the people of the eastern region and to get rid of the activists as the forces have killed some of the activist by the same method in the light of the shameful silence of several countries that allegedly support democracy and freedom due to their economic ties with the regime”.

ANHRI called all the countries and international and regional organizations to reveal the blatant violations committed by the regime against the people, in addition to urge the regime to change its repressive policy against the people and bring all the involved persons in such violations to international trials as crimes against humanity.

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If I have to pick one video game that sums up my childhood, it would be “The Castle” on MSX Sakhr computers. I love everything about this game: the soundtrack, the memories, the little dude who can also pass as an old man or a little girl who jumps noisily, the props, the stages of the game, the coloured keys, the fairy you rescue at first then the princess you rescue in the end.

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I also love the fact that with every room there is something that triggers a memory to play in my head. Mostly, memories with my father who adored and played this game himself. Spent hours sketching a map for the castle rooms and naming the villans and different items in the castle rooms. I think it was my father who figured out how to get past the spider that looks like purple spaghetti, you have to wait for it to sleep. I loved how the electricity would electrocute anyone who gets caught into it if it changes from idle to active.

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I loved the basemet rooms with their red bricks. In this particular room, when the bricks are sent via the conveyer built to kill the villan below, I remember my father commenting that he is sending him a gift and me laughing out loud as the gift was delivered.

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I also remember that I was the one who could figure out when to exactly jump from this elevator to avoid the spikes and get the keys and goodies. Timing and patience are very important when playing this game.

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My father called the candle below “The Cake” and whenever I see it I imagine myself having a big slice of chocolate cake smothered in cream. It was only when I started playing the game again in the 2000′s that I realized it was a candle not a cake! Oh well, cake is more delicious.

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I clearly remember the day my father made it to the water section with the oxygene tanks, he showed me his progress the moment I woke up from my sleep.

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The days of playing with my father ended with us figuring rescuing this fairy. We truly believed that if we did rescue her, the game would be over.

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Then one day we did rescue her and she said “Thank you! Take the red key and save the princess”. It doesn’t say saw in the emulator’s version but it did so in the cartridge version. The rest of the game I played on my own.

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It gets harder as you go up. For days on end I got underneath that rainbow beam and tried to go past the spikes in the next room, only to lose the protection provided by the beam midaway and fail in my quest.

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Afterwards, the game gets more complicated. You must figure out how to exactly move the bricks and such to get to the next room in the castle. It still is fun as long as no rainbow beam is involved.

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Years later, I finished the game and rescued the princess for real. I did save my progress but now the state files won’t work for some reason but I did! If you want to see the ending you can find it on youtube. But the sense of accomplishment in the end, when finally the pretty princess was saved, was amazing.

By the way we called the game “The Princess & The Key” game because on the cartridge there was a picture of a princess gazing wistfully and some key somewhere. I didn’t even realize it was called the castle until the emulator days. Do you remember this game from the 80′s? What did you call it back then?

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سارع الوزير الإسرائيلي، موشيه يعلون، إلى إعلان أن رئيس الوزراء، بنيامين نتنياهو، سيتولى قيادة المفاوضات السياسية مع الفلسطينيين في المرحلة المقبلة، بعد ساعات من إعلان وزيرة الخارجية السابقة، تسيبي ليفني، التي انضمت مع حزبها للائتلاف الحاكم، أنها معنية بـ”دفع العملية السلمية.”

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