Anti-war demonstrations in Egypt and elsewhwere

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Fri Feb 7 01:37:22 MST 2003

>From A-Ahram weekly:

In solidarity
ANTI-WAR demonstrations and events have become a regular item in Egyptian
activist circles.. For the third consecutive week, thousands of worshippers
demonstrated against the expected war on Iraq following the Friday prayers
at the historic Al-Azhar Mosque. On the same day, another demonstration was
staged in the Nasr City-based Cairo International Book Fair.
Obviously planned to take advantage of the high visitor turnout for the
fair, the demonstration organisers -- solidarity committees, representatives
of various political parties and syndicate members -- probably chose the
wrong location. Thousands of anti-riot police were assembled inside and
outside the grounds of the fair, virtually controlling the exit and entrance
gates in anticipation of the planned demonstration. The result was a few
hundred demonstrators separated by what seemed like an army of anti-riot
police. Police succeeded in dividing the protesters into two small groups,
surrounded by tightly wound concentric circles of anti-riot police.


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