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Amnesty: Arms from the US, Europe used against protesters in Middle East, North Africa

Associated Press
Oct. 18, 2011

NEW YORK — The United States, Russia and many European countries that have supported the swell of protests across the Middle East and North Africa this year also supplied some of the weapons used against demonstrators, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday.

The report comes as the human rights group urges the U.S. Congress to block a $53 million proposed U.S. arms sale to Bahrain, where more than 30 people have been killed as the ruling Sunni Muslim monarchy has waged sweeping crackdowns against mostly Shiite Muslim protesters who have demanded greater rights.

The London-based group says its findings show the dangers involved in selling arms to repressive countries under a system that makes it difficult to tell who ends up with the weapons and how they are used.

“To the extent that arms transfers are knowingly engaged in and result in the perpetration of crimes against humanity, the transferring state also becomes responsible under international law,” Sanjeev Bery, the group’s Washington-based advocacy director for Middle East and North Africa, told The Associated Press.

Amnesty looked at arms transfers since 2005 to key countries rocked by protests this year: Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. It found that the main suppliers of arms since 2005 were the U.S., Britain, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Amnesty said countries must tighten and increase transparency in arms export controls to avoid the risk that weapons will be used to violate human rights.

“It’s precisely the wrong signal to send for the Obama administration to be on the verge of sending $53 million in weapons to a Bahrani king whose security forces have already been opening fire on peaceful protesters this year,” Bery said.

In response, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that several procedural steps still remained before the U.S. could deliver the weapons to Bahrain. He noted the sale pertained to equipment for Bahrain’s “external defense purposes” but conceded that several members of Congress were expressing concerns about the deal.

“We’re going to continue to look at all the elements on the ground, including the human rights situation,” Toner told reporters.

Toner declined to say if the deal could be ended by the Bahraini government’s failure to implement reforms. But he said the U.S. would study an independent Bahraini report on alleged human rights violations expected to be released soon.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/amnesty-arms-from-the-us-europe-used-against-protesters-in-middle-east-north-africa/2011/10/18/gIQANgzUvL_story.html 

AP Source: NYC Officer Violated Pepper Spray Rules

Associated Press
Oct. 18, 2011

An internal New York Police Department review has found an official violated department guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month, a person with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.

Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna faces discipline of a loss of 10 vacation days after the Sept. 24 incident near Union Square, shortly after the now-global protests began in a tiny private plaza in lower Manhattan, the person said. The person had direct knowledge of the review but was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The demonstrators had meandered from their base in Zuccotti Park and spilled over into the streets, blocking traffic. Video from the protests shows a small group of mostly women corralled by orange netting used by officers to control crowds. Bologna approaches and, seemingly without warning, blasts the cluster with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain. One screams.

The incident helped propel the movement into the national spotlight. It sparked outrage by demonstrators and a collection of gawkers who were watching the protests online through streaming footage. Video has played an important role in the demonstration in New York, with police and protesters carrying cameras in nearly every encounter. The footage can go both ways, showing possible missteps by protesters and possible misconduct by police, and it can be heavily edited. Generally, the demonstrations have been peaceful.

Bologna, who works in Manhattan South, has the option to appeal the decision. His union said Bologna’s actions were motivated by his concern for the safety of officers under his command and the safety of the public.

“Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the department investigation,” said Roy Richter, president of the NYPD captain’s endowment association. “His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct. To date, this conduct has not been portrayed in its true context.”

A lawyer for one of the women, 24-year-old Kaylee Dedrick, said Bologna had assaulted her and he should be arrested.

“The crux of Deputy Inspector Bologna’s offense is not that he mishandled pepper spray or shot off mist in a careless fashion; the crux of Bologna’s conduct is he engaged in a deliberate assault against five innocent people,” attorney Ron Kuby said.

Shortly after the incident, the hacker group Anonymous, which is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, posted on its website Bologna’s address, his phone number and where his children went to school, among other personal details. Police department officials said that was out of line and deplorable.

Full Article Here – http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ap-source-nypd-inspector-broke-pepper-spray-guide-14764401