[Marxism] Egypt: Israeli ambassador flees as protesters storm embassy

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 23:27:03 MDT 2011

Egypt declared a state of alert early this morning after a group of 30
protesters broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo last night and dumped
hundreds of documents out of the windows.

The storming of the building came after a day of demonstrations outside
where crowds swinging sledgehammers and using their bare hands tore apart
the embassy's security wall. Hundreds of people converged on the embassy
throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of
the graffiti-covered security wall outside the 21-storey building. For
hours, security forces made no attempt to intervene.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because not
authorised to speak to the media, said that one group of protesters reached
a room on one of the embassy's floors at the top of the building just before
midnight and began dumping Hebrew-language documents from the windows.

The prime minister, Essam Sharif, summoned a crisis cabinet meeting to
discuss the situation. In Jerusalem, an Israeli official confirmed the
embassy had been broken into, saying it appeared that the group reached a
waiting room. In Cairo, officials at the capital's airport said the Israeli
ambassador was there waiting for a military plane to evacuate him, and other
Israelis were also waiting for the flight to take them back to



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original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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