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Mubarak blocks resistance Cairo conference

Issue No. 2151

Egyptian authorities have cancelled the Cairo Conference, organisers have confirmed.

The announcement came as Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak declared war on the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements Hamas and Hizbollah.

Mubarak is reeling from mass revulsion at his complicity with Israel in its war on Gaza earlier this year.

During the conflict Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Egyptians to overthrow the regime.

The conference, first launched in 2001, became a key meeting place for Islamist, Arab Nationalist and radical left activists from across the Arab world with the global antiwar movement.

The conference also attracted delegations of peasants and workers who have come to the forefront of a wave of strikes and rebellions that have shaken the US-backed regime.

Organisers said in a statement that “despite our vehement efforts to secure a venue, having reserved one and even kept it unannounced, state security has managed to sabotage our endeavours”.

International delegates who have already booked their travel can still attend meetings to discuss political developments.

They will also discuss ideas for the next Cairo Conference.

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Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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