The trial of 49 Egyptian workers in Mahalla opened last Saturday, with 25 of the accused in a cage in court. The trial has been adjourned to 1 September.
The defendants are accused of involvement in the town’s two day uprising in April. International pressure has helped in getting other detainees released, so it is vital that trade unionists and activists keep up the pressure on the Egyptian dictatorship to release the Mahalla 49.
Get copies of a petition from the Stop the War Coalition – phone 020 7278 6694 or go to » www.stopwar.org.uk. Send letters of protest about the trial to the Egyptian embassy at 26 South Street, London W1K 1DW. For more information about the solidarity campaign email firstname.lastname@example.org
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