- BAGHDAD (Reuters) -- American
soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man's
mouth as they arrested him for speaking out against occupation troops.
- Asked why the man had been arrested on Tuesday and put
into the back of a Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer
told Reuters at the scene: "This man has been detained for making
- He refused to say what the man said.
- A U.S. military spokesman said he had no immediate information
on the incident.
- U.S. politicians and military commanders often say they
toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein so that Iraqis can enjoy free speech
and democracy after years of iron-fisted rule.
- Another U.S. soldier swore at Iraqis as he ordered them
to move back. School teachers and young students looked on.
- The troops had earlier closed off the sprawling square
with barbed wire to search for home-made bombs, which along with rocket-propelled
grenades have killed 153 American soldiers since major combat was declared
over on May 1.
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