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To the Egyptian embassy we march, again
Created 03/01/2009 - 13:30
BEIRUT, January 3, 2008 (MENASSAT) - On Friday as Israel continued its seventh day of air assaults on the Gaza Strip, hundreds of protesters descended on Beirut to voice their anger at what they described was Egypt's complicity in the attacks.
Thousands demonstrated across
Shouting "We are all
And while protesters were being beaten and detained by Egyptian police during a
An earlier protest at the Egyptian embassy in
Since the Israeli air assault began on December 27, the bulk of the
‘I want to see
As marchers made their way to the Egyptian embassy, a truck mounted with loud speakers led the demo, blasting revolutionary songs by the cultish Sheikh Imam, and Lebanese oud legend Marcel Khalifeh, as well as poems by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
And as demonstrations throughout the Arab world have shown, the
Sporting a procession of wheelchairs at the front of the march on Friday, the Lebanese Association of the Disabled led old and young through the streets of
Thuraya Zureiq, a 15-year-old high school student, went to the
Amira, a 31-year-old urban planner, who was also in attendance, said, “It is important that the Arab governments see the solidarity with
When the demonstration arrived at the Egyptian embassy at around 4:30 pm, scores of black coffins were lined up on the ground, next to the barbwire fence separating protesters from the embassy building and the riot police. The barbwire fence itself was decorated with dozens of shoes - a cultural insult aimed at the Egyptian regime.
In perhaps the most dramatic moment of the march, an Egyptian citizen approached a phalanx of cameras assembled in anticipation of the protest, and in a public display of defiance, he took his Egyptian passport out and lit it on fire.
Samah Idriss, editor-in-chief of Al-Adab magazine, told MENASSAT, "What's going on in
Protests are expected to continue in
Donations can be sent to the
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