Wow. What a brave, principled man. Inspiration for us all to keep fighting for what we believe in.
Well, he did it, kittens.
Pirate Party International and Anonymous activist, torture survivor and Cryptosphere contributor Raymond Johansen underwent 50 lashes in Trafalgar Square last night to raise awareness of the case of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years, just as he said he would.
He really did it.
It was the first public flogging in Trafalgar Square since the 1830’s. The practice of flogging for punishment was banned for cruelty in the UK in 1948 for adults, but not banned for children at school until 1987.
Raymond was beaten with a cane, the same weapon used by the religious police and prison officials on Badawi in his Saudi prison. You can watch a video of an authentic Saudi flogging below for comparison purposes. Caning has drawn much…
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