Egypt: Kucinich Calls for Unequivocal Statement of Solidarity with Egyptian People
WASHINGTON - As
millions of peaceful protesters call for democratic reforms in the
streets of Cairo, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today called for
unequivocal solidarity with the Egyptian people.
2 million Egyptians gather today in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in cities
across the country to demand an end to Mubarak’s regime in an
unprecedented popular uprising. Egyptians of all classes, ages and
faiths have come together to demand opportunity, education, food and
housing security, and a democratic and responsive government. Despite a
complete shutdown of internet and mobile phone access by President
Mubarak, the Egyptian people have been able to organize the largest
protests yet in a display of unparalleled national unity.
this historic moment, the American people must stand in solidarity with
the people of Egypt as they call for a new leader and new direction in
their country. It is time for the United States government to stand
with the people of Egypt as well by ending its long-standing support of
the corrupt and repressive Mubarak regime. Absent such a statement, our
calls for democracy in the region ring hollow.
is the time to practice what we preach. This is the time to
reconstruct our policies in the region and reach out to the Arab and
Muslim world. Now is the time to reiterate our wishes to protect our
ally, Israel, and support true grassroots democratic movements in the
region – both are possible and both are necessary.
is no clearer picture than that of millions of Egyptians peacefully
protesting to demonstrate that our support of such regimes brings less
stability, not more, to the region. Though the United States has a
history of inappropriate and often counterproductive influence in the
governance of other countries, the Egyptian people are demanding a
voice, and the United States should support any requests by the Egyptian
people for that voice to be registered in the form of free and fair
elections,” said Kucinich.
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