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Solidarity helps to free Egyptian anti-war activists

Issue No. 1842

JAILED EGYPTIAN anti-war activists have been freed. Most had been held in jail since an anti-war demonstration in the capital, Cairo, in January. Some, like Kemal Khalil, a leader of Egypt's anti-war movement, had been kidnapped by undercover police. All had been held without charge.

The releases are a huge boost for the anti-war movement in Egypt, and show how anxious the Egyptian government is becoming in the face of growing anti-war protests.

A week ago Egypt's government was forced to permit an anti-war protest at the national football stadium which saw 100,000 people attend. A spokesperson for the prisoners said, 'I and many others here believe that international pressure was central to the release of the activists. We thank everyone who was involved.

'We have received hundreds of e-mails from all over the world and we know of demonstrations at Egyptian embassies in several cities. You have made a great difference.'

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Sat 15 Mar 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1842
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