Banner drop at Egyptian embassyTagged as: anti-militarism repression social_struggles solidarity
In response to a call for solidarity from Egypt with the 600 + detainees and the 20 + killed by SCAF (military) in the latest round of repression in Cairo, activists dropped a banner on the 6th of May 2012 outside the Egyptian Embassy in London. The banner reads: Free the Prisoners, Down with the military rule.
Activists unfurled a banner saying “Free the prisoners - Down with military rule!” outside the Egyptian Embassy in London earlier today (Sunday). The banner drop was in solidarity with those resisting the brutal repression of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt.
SCAF has brutally attacked and detained hundreds of activists taking part in a sit-in outside the Ministry of Defence, protesting against military rule. Over the past five days 20-30 activists have been reported dead as the military have used live ammunition, birdshots, rubber bullets and tear gas aided by paid CSF thugs throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack protesters.
Hundreds have been arrested at the sit-in and hundreds more from the nearby mosque and field hospital, with dozens critically injured and ICU patients currently in Military prison. In total, around 400 people were arrested on Friday night as the military accelerated their repression of dissent.
There was a solidarity stand outside the military headquarters (C28) on Saturday at noon where protesters were being held by the military. The army indiscriminately opened fire on journalists, lawyers, youths and families of the detained and another 50 or so people were arrested with another 100 injuries. In total, approximately 20 journalists have been detained, with tens more assaulted and injured.
Many students and leaders of the student movement are currently in military custody. On Saturday night the military released some of those arrested and detained 320 for a further 15 days pending investigation – most of which are likely to face military trials.
Ragia Omran, lead lawyer at the Front to Defend Egypt’s Protesters, was quoted as saying: “This is the worst military assault on protesters since the fall of Mubarak, in terms of force used and numbers arrested. Military has now set a curfew from 11pm to 7am.” As concerned and conscientious citizens standing in solidarity with the ongoing struggles in the Middle-East, we call for the following:
- SCAF to recognise and respect the right to protest, including the right to strike. The British and other governments to cease exporting crowd control arms to the Egyptian regime with immediate effect
- An end to military trials for civilians follow the link for video of the banner drop