Soldiers Lynch Suspected Rebel After Ceremony for National Unity

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In a shocking scene, Central African Republic troops first stabbed and then lynched a man suspected of belonging to now-disbanded Seleka rebels. The hideous act came just after a ceremony where the crisis-hit country’s new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza had addressed the armed forces, urging for national unity. Seleka fighters, largely Muslim, overthrew the government in Bangui last year, leading to months of chaos that saw the country’s standing army melt away. Clashes between ex-Seleka factions and Christian militias led to thousands of deaths and almost a quarter of the nation displaced by the unprecedented sectarian violence.

Jerome Delay, Chief Africa photographer for the AP, was one of three photographers at the scene. He describes this incident in a note to TIME and offers a stark warning:

Today I met the Devil. In a scene Quentin Tarantino would not have dreamed scripting, I saw a man killed. Butchered. By his fellow countrymen. His mistake was to be named Idris and to be Muslim. What was first an orderly cheering crowd happy to hear they were finally going to get paid, turned in an instant into a tidal wave of barbarism.The VIPs had barely left. We have reached the point of no return in sectarian violence.

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dead.juice
dead.juice

What is that in the middle of the pic, is that guy throwing bread at him?
Oh... that's a rock. ....jesus. 

Adam979
Adam979

It would seem there are many people who looked at the images of the gruesome slaughter of a helpless and innocent man and enjoyed what they saw. There first reaction being to defend the animals proudly caught on camera with excuses or twist it so they can use it to indulge their prejudices against Muslims. There are no words strong enough to describe these armchair general scum.

jOhan
jOhan

The Muslims lost. They are deemed traitors. They have no organized legal system in place. They are mob ruled.

bbking332
bbking332

It has nothing to do with religious beliefs here. It's a political witch hunt that has been effecting this country. Murder begets more murder. It's a simple downward spiral everyone seems to forget. Muslims are angry because they have had something taken from them. Jews are mad because they are being prosecuted for unjustifiable reasons. Christians are angry because they believe that their beliefs are coming into question when the past is brought up. The only way to remedy all of this is to fight political upheaval. Start thinking individually as to what we can do to better our world.

This post reminded me of this I saw earlier today: http://www.memes.com/meme/178444 Enjoy.

ssfoothoney
ssfoothoney

Until we see the Muslim men under control we will hve this violence in every part of the world.  Is a direct command from the Muslim Bible that all must be killed if not a believer.  Until this is overturned we will be a world at war.

ven
ven

Humans seem to be the most destructive, brutal, depraved species on this Planet. Unthinkably cruel. I'm not sure whether this photo......enlightens? helps? 


It's horribly sad.

maherabdulghany
maherabdulghany

WHEN EAST TIMOR PEOPLE ( half of an Island) with christian majority called for separation from Indonesia of Muslim majority, we found the UN, the USA and all the western countries making pressure on Indonesia to approve that, but now innocent people are killed in cold blood with no reaction from any government or organization !! even the Central African government receiving help from France. what is the message do you think will be taken when the western democratic countries are speaking with two tongues & adopt with two polices. these crimes are not forgettable.

slickvolt
slickvolt

If obama was back in his native land , he would look just like the guy with the red beanie...killing someone who really hasnt done anything other than exist.

ivangorokhov1
ivangorokhov1

If Obama had a devided country, it could look like Central African Republic

warpigs46777
warpigs46777

One more dead Muslim is potentially thousands of innocent lives saved

gunterfabe
gunterfabe

Yes  so much for the 10 commandments you shall not kill. I believe this goes for all religions worldwide.

FINKSTER
FINKSTER

Black Christians killing black Muslims that have murdered 1000's of innocent Christian women and children hardly seems to be the brutal murder as this story portrays. It's sad that it happens. But these folks have been fighting to protect themselves since the Muslims started the carnage.


And it rarely gets major media coverage.

truthhurts666
truthhurts666

Christian Nazis have been killing Muslims for centuries, Its time for Muslims to make millions of nukes to defende them self from these Nazis. These fascist were the people who killed 6 million Jews just 70 years ago.

truthhurts666
truthhurts666

As usual Christian Nazis are killing weak and defenseless people.

klecter
klecter

when christians defend themselves from islamic occupation, it's called "sectarian violence."

when muslims slaughter christians, it's called, "there's nothing to report on that, but you'll find a juicy story about miley cyrus on page three."

Evenstar
Evenstar

Why does Jeromy Delay said something when a Muslim being lynched. Where the hell is he when Seleka has power in this country? Where is he when an apostate being their head cut off, where is he when Coptic Christian and Christian being killed, raped etc????

joshuagenes
joshuagenes

"If you want a happy life then marry a wife, age 9" just like Mohammed and his wife Aisha. You know it can be tough being a follower of the Pedophile prophet and the god who abrogates his word (lies). They might deceive you into visiting them personally in hell as this poor fellow has found out. What a shame.

DAVIDKENBERG
DAVIDKENBERG

This is awful I cant believe what im seeing .thses are not people and I don't care what he did no one deserves to be stabbed and beaten in this way.how sick  this world is sick.

Mal_Reynolds
Mal_Reynolds

And now for pictures of Christians being slaughtered by Muslims ..... crickets .... look a squirrel .... Moochelle has a dress that cost $12k ....

omrandolly
omrandolly

Relax and see photos here

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TH9119
TH9119

Such a horrible act!

MichaelEiseman
MichaelEiseman

This is horrible but where was Jerome Delay's statement about Christians being butchered for nothing more than being Christian?

yung_hussalah
yung_hussalah

yo maing wus goen on!! dey africa OG beez takin care o bidnes des all

hoTniggA
hoTniggA

The best part of the photos is that you can observe white men taking photos and not protesting. Money made out of tragedy and suffering is a white-man speciality :D ....

jim2lane
jim2lane

The veneer of civilization is much thinner than you think.

raheem09
raheem09

Remember how Emmett Till was brutally killed by white "racist" in the south.

AfricaWakeUp
AfricaWakeUp

A nation condoning publicly, a show as barbaric as this, may NEVER, EVER know peace. It won't grow economically, either. This is very uncivilized, to say the least.

Who is that sensible and honest investor - local and foreign - that will want to invest his money in a place as backward as this....fourteen years into the 21st century? Sad: very sad. AfricaWakeUp.

DFA

hugodrax
hugodrax

This is what Detroit and other inner cities will be in 50 years. 


Anyone who says that all races are equal, is just repeating a mantra.

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS FOR THE ELDERLY......DEFEND THE WEAK.....KNIGHT TEMPLARS......


WHY NOT SHOW THE MOSLEMS KILLING COPTIC CHRISTIANS VBY THE DROVES.......AND IRAQI MOSLEMS KILLING IRAQI CHRISTIANS BY THE BUSHEL........


THE REPORTER IS BEING SELECTIVE......


VALENTINE, WORLD HISTORIAN, MILITARY HISTORIAN, POLITICAL NISTORIAN.....SATIRIST...LOL

Juliett13
Juliett13

@Adam979  You mean those poor, innocent muslims that used the Arab Spring as a reason to go on a slaughtering spree of Christians all over the middle East? Or are you talking about the poor innocent muslims who are and have been for generations invading others land and forcing the native citizens to convert, pay them a "tax" or die? Or maybe your referring to the poor innocent muslims who preach Islamic supremacy and support the genocide of the entire Jewish race not to mention most other non Islamic peoples because as the Koran says " Religion is to be for Allah alone."? Oh wait, I know, tou are talking about all those poor innocent muslims who are not involved in any terrorist organization yet NEVER speak out condemning them. You know, those peaceful ordinary average muslim citizens who danced fanatically in the streets to celebrate the deaths of all those evil, rotten, Americans who were murdered on 9/11 by their peace loving Islamic brothers?

Take the blinders off man. The muslims brought this onto themselves when they choose to invade North Africa, force Sharia law on the Native population that survived, and now are creeping into Central Africa to do the exact same thing until they conquer the entire African continent! The Christian Militias in Central Africa are doing EXACTLY what every country that is being over ran and whose freedoms are being threatened by the demands of either invading or immigrating Islamic supremacists should be doing. And that is to defend their land, families, freedoms and human rights from being stolen or destroyed by religious fanatics with sadistic practices from the Dark Ages! What Islam is accomplishing right now would make Hitler insane with jealousy.



Read more: Central African Republic Soldiers Lynch Suspected Seleka Rebel Fighter | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2014/02/05/central-african-republic-lynching-samba-panza/#ixzz2uDY9O6bO

wenteast
wenteast

@maherabdulghany  Hi Mahera -- what is described above is terrible.  It should not happen.  But to address your point, let's remember that these same Western countries have said little to nothing at the thousands and thousands of Christians who have been killed, injured, robbed, or made homeless by Muslims from Algeria to Iraq to Iran to Nigeria to Lebanon to Syria to Mali to Sierra Leone to Afghanistan to Thailand to the Philippines to Egypt to Indonesia. And what have Muslims said about their fellow believers doing this?  Or Muslim governments?

don.larson09
don.larson09

@truthhurts666 Millions of nukes? Yeah, that would be smart to render humanity extinct. Moronic idiot.

Arktex
Arktex

@klecter  You are so freaking right........it is as if the media is in some kind of hypnosis! 

StudleyMatt
StudleyMatt

@joshuagenes No offense, but you sound like you have a pretty low IQ and little to no education. Was the majority of your early life spent being raped by your mother, I'm sorry for your past, but I don't see why it's an excuse to harbor such ignorance and hatred of yourself.

TricksterWolf
TricksterWolf

@hugodrax  It's funny how right across the border from Detroit, in Canada, Whites and Blacks get along just fine without violence.  I wonder if it's because there are fewer racists there like you.

agibson.alan
agibson.alan

@LongWin  England and America should have not entered Iraq saddam hussane was there leader of his country his laws and what he did. if Russia came in and kill our queen because this country is destroying other countries with greed would they have the right NO. and now what has it done started riots from one country to another. the Law states don't intervene a country with your laws unless you conquer it. did you know America had England in sights 1941 plans to attack it was filed the biggest problem made one country aware we shall be prepared in such an act if it came to us Korea. in our Country we are Ants serving the greedy Politicians for their wealth and using lottery funds for their gain.Korea is a Country who studies realm of their country to serve and protect they are not Ants But Killer Bees once you disturb their hive I would hate to see the out come of they could do. A,Gibson Derby

bgamall
bgamall

@valentine.godoflove Why not teach us about Yinon Zionism, the systematic application of occupation and regime change in the middle east with the goal of world domination?

Future-vision
Future-vision

@Arktex @klecter I am completely ashamed of the western media being so ignorant when it comes to islamic atrocities. It almost makes me sick, western people are becoming mindless sheep, the exact type of people that Hitler and Goebbels so desperately wanted...

joshuagenes
joshuagenes

@StudleyMatt @joshuagenes  I don't take offense from pond scum like yourself. Only and idiot would think rate intelligence that high and say the things that you do. I have spoken the truth about Mohammed and his followers. Do your research. In this case the truth is offense but it needs to be said. These fools would rather cut off heads than debate because they have no answer to my rebuke. Some will take the rebuke and learn, others will not.

klecter
klecter

only 3% of the canadian population is black, out of a population of 34 million, and a density of fewer than 10 people / square kilometer. the opportunity for black-on-white racial violence is smaller in canada.