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Crisis: riot cops face convoy in El-Arish

5 January 2010

Latest press release from Viva Palestina. Currently in peaceful sit-down protest, but surrounded by riot cops with water cannon. Please take action now!

To all friends of Palestine

Our situation is now at a crisis point! Riot has broken out in the port of El- Arish.

This late afternoon, we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo, who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official were regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza.

He left two hours ago and did not come back. Egyptian authorities called over 2,000 riot police, who then moved towards our camp at the port.

We have blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid.

The Egyptian authorities have, by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point.

We are now calling upon all friends of Palestine to mount protests, in person where possible, but by any means available to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassies to demand that the convoy is allowed a safe passage into Gaza tomorrow!

Kevin Ovenden
Viva Palestina Convoy Leader

Alice Howard
Viva Palestina UK – Administration Manager
Tel: 07944 512 469

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mohamed Hassan permalink
    6 January 2010 2:54am

    Sorry to hear that :S

    Hope it gets better…!!!!

  2. geoff Hawkins permalink
    6 January 2010 2:39pm

    The treatment you are receiving from the Egyptian Authorities is absolutely outrageous and by any civilised measure quite beyond comprehension. We are registering our protest with the Egyptian Embassy and wish the convoy good luck.

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