Exodus II?: Egyptians, Tunisians Flee To Italy

Posted by Brian
Is the reporting by a jubilant media of the recent "peaceful" protests in Egypt really the whole story?  If the situation is so celebratory, why are we now getting reports of boat people heading to Europe?  What are they escaping?  I thought that this was a citizen uprising to bring "democracy" to North Africa and everything was going to be kumbaya.  As for the "peaceful" part of the story, I found it amazing that reporters were talking about the celebratory atmosphere, while at the same time other reporters were getting the crap beat out of them and one female reporter was being sexually assaulted by a group of two hundred  of these "peaceful" protestors.
The coming weeks and months are going to be very telling of whether this was a "democracy movement", or something much more insidious.  I mean, the man in charge of the panel to write the new Egyptian constitution is only a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  What could possibly go wrong there?

Egyptians reach Italy amid worry about Arab exodus

The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 9:13 AM

GENEVA -- Almost 100 Egyptians have arrived in Italy in two boats, U.N. officials said Wednesday, as fears rose about a wave of people trying to reach Europe because of turmoil in the Arab world.

One large boat carrying 66 migrants, including 10 possible minors, was intercepted in Sicily, close to Pozzallo, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said Wednesday.Another boat carrying 30 migrants, all but four of them under the age of 18, landed nearby in Ragusa, the group said.

More than 5,330 Tunisians have already arrived the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Africa.

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