Egypt

Image of unknown woman beaten by Egypt's military echoes around world, Ahdaf Soueif, The Guardian, 18.12.11.

Image of unknown woman beaten by Egypt's military echoes around world

The arrest and brutal treatment of this young woman reminds us that the revolution is far from over

Protest at the Egyptian Embassy: Stop the Killing!

19/12/2011 - 17:00
19/12/2011 - 18:30

Monday, 19 December, Clyde Road, Dublin.
Egyptian Embassy
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Amnesty International: 'US firms shipped teargas to Egypt during crackdown'

Karen McVeigh - guardian.co.uk

Amnesty International condemns State Department as 'irresponsible' for granting export licences to munitions firms.

Two US companies have shipped crowd control munitions and teargas to Egypt – one firm repeatedly – in the midst of violent and often lethal crackdowns on protesters by security forces, according to an Amnesty International investigation.

The human rights group has asked for Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, to stop granting export licences for teargas and other munitions, pending an investigation into its misuse by Egyptian forces.

Combined Systems Inc (CSI), based in Jamestown, Pennysylvania, has sent at least three arms deliveries to Egypt since the protests began in Tahrir Square on 25 January, according to Amnesty. The most recent delivery, addressed to the interior ministry, arrived in the port of Adabiya near Suez on 26 November, only 48 hours after days of bloody clashes between interior ministry troops and protesters left two dozen dead and thousands injured.

Amnesty said the November shipment contained at least seven tonnes of "ammunition smoke" - which includes chemical irritants and crowd control agents such as teargas.

The investigation tallies with eyewitness reports from Egyptian demonstrators who told the Guardian last month they had seen teargas canisters branded with CSI's name and address.

Emergency Protest in solidarity with protesters in Tahrir Square

21/11/2011 - 17:00
23/11/2011 - 00:45

Emergency Protest in solidarity with protesters in Tahrir Square

Emergency Protest in solidarity with protesters in Tahrir Square

Monday, 21st November, 5pm

Egyptian Embassy, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

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From Ireland’s Bloody Sunday to Egypt’s- solidarity messages

Solidarity messages were received from Ireland…

First one from Eamonn McCann, a leading Irish journalist, socialist and one of the legendary figures in the country’s civil rights movement…

On January 30 1972, British paratroopers opened fire on unarmed civil rights demonstrators in Derry in Northern Ireland, killing 14 people and wounding 14 others. The day has become known in Ireland as Bloody Sunday.

Some of us who had been on the demonstration on Bloody Sunday have campaigned since for the truth to be told and justice achieved for the victims. I served as chairman of the Bloody Sunday Trust, which has been at the heart of the campaign. After 38 years, on June 15th 2010, we finally forced the Government of David Cameron to admit that the massacre had been carried out by British soldiers and had been “unjustified and unjustifiable”. This was a great success for the campaign and a great joy for the families of the victims.

But the massacre had further poisoned relations between the Nationalist (Catholic) and Unionist (Protestant) communities in Northern Ireland. This enabled the British State to blame all violence on “religious differences” among the mass of the people and to claim that its forces were neutral and had to stand between the “warring communities” and keep them apart.

Numerous attacks on the Catholic community over the last four decades were blamed on the Protestant community. But many of these have now been PROVEN to have been set up by the British intelligence services. These attacks have included the murder of civil rights lawyers and community leaders.

The Egyptian people's revolution is being hijacked by the army - 27 September 2011 - Soumaya Ghannoushi, The Guardian.

The Egyptian people's revolution is being hijacked by the army

Torture, emergency laws, mass arrests, a ban on public protest, curfews and delayed elections: this is what Egypt's generals mean by protecting democracy.

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