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Egyptian activists campaign

Issue No. 1867

SUPPORT IS growing for the anti-war activists arrested under Egypt's notorious security laws. Egypt is a key Western ally in the Middle East. It also saw the region's most significant anti-war movement-where activists braved riot police and threats of arrest to take to the streets.

Now the Egyptian state has hit back, jailing five activists and threatening them with 15-year prison sentences.

Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Paul Mackney (general secretary of the Natfhe union), Jeremy Dear (general secretary of the NUJ), and Hans von Sponeck, former UN head of humanitarian relief in Iraq, are the latest figures to add their names to a call for the activists' release.

The Stop the War Coalition is supporting a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in London on Friday 12 September from 5pm to 6.30pm at 26 South Street, London W1 (nearest tube Green Park).

You can add your voice to the international condemnation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Write to His Excellency Mohammad Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abedine Palace, Cairo, Egypt. E-mail

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Sat 6 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1867
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