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Hundreds march in London in solidarity with Egypt

by Mark L Thomas
Issue No. 2279

Protesters march through London  (Pic: Smallman )

Protesters march through London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Around 300 people joined a protest in London in solidarity with those resisting the military regime in Egypt yesterday, Saturday.

Protesters marched from the Edgware Road, the heart of London’s Arabic community, to the Egyptian embassy.

Eman expressed the feelings of the many Egyptians who joined the protest. She told Socialist Worker, “I’ve come in solidarity with those in Tahrir Square. They are being killed for simply expressing themselves. And look how they are being attacked – they are even targeting people’s eyes.”

A number of protesters wore eye-patches to highlight the way Egyptian police and army have trained their weapons on protesters’ eyes.

Eman added, “We don’t want the military regime anymore. We want a civilian government. It’s just the old regime with new faces. We don’t feel any change.”

Mohammed Elsawi, who travelled from Manchester to join the protest, agreed that little had changed at the top of Egyptian society. “The military have been just a bloody as Mubarak.” But he added, “It will be a harder struggle than getting rid of Mubarak. The military won’t go easily, and they have the backing of the US.”

Mohammed Aboualinen, an Egyptian who lives in London, told Socialist Worker, “They need to complete the revolution.”

A number of socialists and trade unionists also joined the protest. Nick Grant, a member of the National Union of Teachers, explained, “The protests in Tahrir Square have inspired workers across the world to fight for justice and democracy. Now we need to offer solidarity to the comrades in struggle in Cairo and elsewhere.”

A group from the occupation at St Paul’s also joined the protest.

Trade unionists that will be striking on 30 November have written a statement of solidarity with protesters in Egypt. To read the statement and to add your name go to

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Sun 27 Nov 2011, 12:15 GMT
Issue No. 2279
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