Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 30th 2013 Contents Hundreds of protesters
have taken to the streets in
cities across Egypt and
clashes erupted when police
tried to break up some of the
demonstrations, days after a
hotly-disputed protest law
At least 70 people were ar-
rested across the country
yesterday, according to the
interior ministry, which
added that more arrests were
expected throughout the
night and that clashes were
continuing in several areas.
Protesters in the city of
Giza threw Molotov cock-
tails at one police station
where clashes raged for
Violence between police
and protesters also broke out
in the country's second
largest city, Alexandria, after
Muslim prayers, with secu-
rity forces firing tear gas to
disperse hundreds of people.
The Mediterranean city
has been tense since a court
handed down heavy sen-
tences of 11 years in prison to
21 female supporters of the
deposed president Mohamed
Morsi, many of them juve-
niles, for holding a peaceful
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Egyptians take to the streets to defy new protest law
Several outbreaks of violence marred the US
Black Friday shopping frenzy, as bargain-
hunters besieged malls across the US.
In Chicago police shot an alleged shoplifter; a robber
shot a shopper in Las Vegas; and a California police officer
was injured in a fight.
Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving holiday,
is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. This
year it began even earlier amid a trend for Thanksgiving
Twelve national chains opened their doors on Thursday,
advertising aggressive discounts to tempt shoppers.
Some 15,000 shoppers stormed the flagship Macy's
department store in New York City as it opened for the
first time ever on Thanksgiving evening.
Pointing at the mobbed department store, Brazilian
tourist Luis Figueiro told Reuters news agency: "This is
madness. There are so many people here, you can't see
any of the things on sale."
There were several incidents of retail-related disorder
across the US:
In Chicago, a police officer shot a suspected shoplifter
driving a car that was dragging a fellow officer at a Kohl's
department store. The suspect and the dragged officer
were treated in hospital for shoulder injuries. Three people
were arrested, the Chicago Tribune reported.
A shopper in Las Vegas who was carrying a big-screen
TV home from a Target store on Thanksgiving was shot
in the leg as he tried to wrestle the item back from a
robber who had just stolen it from him at gunpoint, the
Las Vegas Sun reported.
At a southern California Walmart store, a police officer's
wrist was broken as he tried to break up a fight between
two men in the queue outside; there were two more fights
over goods inside, the San Bernadino Sun reported.
A 23-year-old man was doused with pepper spray and
arrested after he allegedly attacked a police officer respond-
ing to an argument over a television at a Walmart in
Garfield, New Jersey, the Star-Ledger reported.
Workers' groups have protested that the trend towards
Thursday opening means retail employees can no longer
spend the day at home with their families, which is sup-
posed to be the point of Thanksgiving.
Some retail analysts have begun to dub the holiday
Black Thanksgiving, or Grey Thursday.
Workers held demonstrations on Friday outside a Wal-
mart store in the city of Ontario, California, and in Elgin,
Illinois, demanding better pay and conditions.
There was anecdotal evidence that the earlier openings
have led to an easing off in consumer footfall on Black
Friday itself, though the increased popularity of online
shopping could be another factor.
By late Friday morning, the number of shoppers in
many stores was more typical of a normal Saturday than
the usual frenzied start to the holiday season.
Downtown Manhattan, for example, was busy, but not
at saturation level.
The US celebration of Thanksgiving is always marked
on the fourth Thursday in November.
Black Friday took over from the last Saturday before
Christmas as the biggest shopping day of the year for
US consumers in 2001.
A shopper takes a selfie as crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Thursday in New York.
Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major
retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. AP PHOTO
An Italian court accused ex-Pre-
mier Silvio Berlusconi and his
lawyers on Friday of tampering
with evidence by paying off wit-
nesses in a trial related to his noto-
rious "bunga bunga" parties.
It sent its documentation to pros-
ecutors to investigate the possible
corruption of a judicial process.
Berlusconi's lawyers immediately
rejected the accusation and said
they expected prosecutors would
drop the case.
If prosecutors go ahead, the accu-
sation in the court's ruling would
lead to a new legal headache for
Berlusconi, who this week was
kicked out of Parliament for at least
six years because of another, unre-
lated problem: a tax fraud convic-
The court suggested that Berlus-
coni paid off the would-be show
girls who attended his dinner parties
to downplay the sexually charged
nature of the evenings when they
testified. He did so, the judges sug-
gested, because he was facing related
charges in another case involving
accusations he paid for sex with an
underage prostitute who was also
a "bunga bunga" guest.
Citing testimony and telephone
wiretaps, the Milan court said
Berlusconi convened about a dozen
of these young women to come to
his Milan mansion on January 15,
2011 to meet with his lawyers. They
were summoned after the women's
homes were searched as part of the
police investigation into the par-
From then on, the judges wrote,
the women began receiving €2,500
($3,400) apiece each month from
Berlusconi and subsequently they
offered nearly identical testimony
in court denying that the dinner
parties had sexual overtones. The
amount is about twice what an
average worker in Italy earns a
Black Friday shopping in
US marred by violence
The French parliament is
debating a bill which would crack
down on prostitution by imposing
hefty fines on anyone paying for
Prostitution is legal in France
but until now only soliciting and
pimping were illegal.
Under the bill, those caught pay-
ing for sex would face an initial
fine of €1,500 (£1,250; $US2,030).
Meanwhile, a man has reportedly
been arrested for the horrific mur-
der of a prostitute in Paris earlier
Critics of the bill say it would
drive the sex trade underground
in a country which has up to
The actress Catherine Deneuve
is one of hundreds of celebrity fig-
ures urging the government to
A similar resolution was voted
through the National Assembly at
the end of 2011, with the support
of both left and right. It only failed
to proceed because of lack of par-
A new vote is scheduled for
Wednesday. The ruling Socialists,
with their large parliamentary
majority, are expected to vote
According to Le Parisien news-
paper, a man arrested on Thursday
evening has partially confessed to
the murder of a prostitute in the
Bois de Boulogne, a park in the
city notorious for the vice trade.
The woman's dead body was
found on Monday by a walker. Par-
tially burnt, it had knife wounds
and the head had been smashed
in with a knuckle duster.
The Parisian daily's sources said
police had traced a mobile phone
found at the scene to the suspect,
21. He allegedly told police officers
he had "felt the need to take his
anger out on somebody" after
recently being made redundant.
Only some 30 members of the
National Assembly were present
when the debate began on Friday
Maud Olivier, the Socialist MP
who presented the bill, attacked
critics of the ban in her opening
France debates ban
on paying for sex
Berlusconi lawyers deny
'bunga bunga' payoff
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