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CODEPINK Peace Activists Join Egyptians on the Ground in Cairo, Available for Phone Calls, Interviews
Eye-witness Accounts of Mubarak Unleashing His Thugs on Peaceful Egyptian Protesters
WASHINGTON - February 2 - Human rights activists from the organization CODEPINK joined Egyptian protesters this week in Cairo as perhaps the only international solidarity delegation on the ground in the country. They have been in the streets with the Egyptian people for the last five days. Several members of the group of nine activists are available by phone for interviews this week. Tomorrow the delegation plans to do a solidarity action at the US Embassy. Medea Benjamin, a leader of the delegation and co-founder of CODEPINK Women for Peace, is currently available by cell phone in Cairo at 011 20-107148431.
The activists report that Egyptians have been excited to see their
message of solidarity from the American people. Many Egyptian
protesters are carrying signs that say "My address is Tahrir square
until Mubarak leaves" and they are holding firm. The activists also
report that many Egyptian youth seem ecstatic that President Obama has
acknowledged their voice in Egypt's political affairs but they want him
to put more pressure on Mubarak to step down. Women are in the streets
and have played a major role in the grassroots movement for democracy
in Egypt. Today, as violence towards peaceful demonstrators escalates, the activists said rumors have circulated
that the pro-Mubarak agitators are paid supporters of the dictator.
The international CODEPINK delegation had been en route to Gaza via Egypt but with the Rafah border closed they are unable to enter Gaza, and remain in Cairo. The activists will stay in Cairo until they can safely make their way to Gaza, where they intend to continue their delegation for peace. The delegation includes people from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Switzerland and India. This is CODEPINK's ninth trip to Egypt and Gaza in the past two years.
CODEPINK is calling on the President, State Department, and Congress to stop funding the Mubarak regime, which currently receives over $1.8 billion dollars in military assistance annually from the US.
See photos from CODEPINK delegation in Egypt here: http://bit.ly/idIODQ
For more information on CODEPINK in Egypt, see the latest news and e-alerts at: www.codepink.org
For more information about the delegation to Gaza: http://bit.ly/f9Ca2X