Part of Obama’s speech addressing the freedom of expression

Part of Obama’s speech today (26/09/2012) addressing the freedom of expression.
“I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech. Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. Moreover, as President of our country, and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so. Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views – even views that we disagree with.

We do so not because we support hateful speech, but because our Founders understood that without such protections, the capacity of each individual to express their own views, and practice their own

 faith, may be threatened. We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can become a tool to silence critics, or oppress minorities. We do so because given the power of faith in our lives, and the passion that religious differences can inflame, the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech – the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect.

I know that not all countries in this body share this understanding of the protection of free speech. Yet in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. The question, then, is how we respond. And on this we must agree: there is no speech that justifies mindless violence.”


What happened in the #USEmbassy in #Tunisia

TAGS : US, Embassy, Tunisia, Attack, Salafis
  • Evacuation of the american officers (only) yesterday (what I heard).
  • A lot of cops come with trucks and cars as preventive measures.
  • Most companies near the US Embassy ordered their emplyees to quit the local at 1 pm just before the friday prays. I think they were called by the tunisian Ministry of interior.
  • Salafis came to protest .. at the beginning they were peaceful.. Minutes after, they become violent : throwing stones on cops that were responsding by tear bombs to make them far from US Embassy locals.
  • The number of the salafis was increasing.. They came from other regions like Bizerta and Kram.
  • Evacuation of the tunisian officers.
  • The cops were scattered (weird) and the salafis succeeded to enter the embassy using their ladders (weird).
  • I think the cops didn’t have the permission to enter the US embassy to catch the protestors when 2 of them took down the US flag.
  • Minutes after, a salafi put a jihad flag in the place of the US one.
  • Meanwhile, a lot of emergency cars, tear bombs
  • The cops (had the persmission to) enter the embassy.. Some snipers (americans coming from the interior) appeared on the roofs shoting protestors
  • A little truck transported a killed man.. when I went home I heard that 4 tunisians were killed and about 28 were injured
  • The american school (in front of the embassy) was stolen (computers…) and totally destroyed.
  • Some police trucks were stolen (tear bombs and cartridge)
  • Some confrontations in “Hay Al Salama” and “Aouina” for few hours later.

Shocking video taken near the US Embassy

These photos don’t belong to me