55 activists injured in clashes in Egypt/Egyptian authorities called in over 2,000 riot police to block Viva Palestina convoy in port of Al-Arish

Egyptian authorities called in over 2,000 riot police to block Viva Palestina convoy in port of Al-Arish

January 6 2010

Around 55 people have been injured in clashes between Egyptian riot police and Viva Palestina activists at the Egyptian port of El-Arish.

The scuffles broke out after Egypt said it would not allow 59 humanitarian assistance trucks of the Viva Palestina convoy to enter Gaza.

Talks in which a delegation of Turkish lawmakers sought to convince Egyptian officials to change their minds proved fruitless.

The convoy arrived in El-Arish to attempt to break the siege of Gaza.

Earlier, Cairo had said it would only allow 157 members of the Viva Palestina convoy, which is led by British politician George Galloway, to drive to Gaza. However, later the Egyptian government agreed to allow 400 of the group’s volunteers entry to the Gaza Strip.

The convoy has over 200 vehicles laden with basic food items and medical supplies.

Source

Turkish Video of incident

Why is it such a problem to get Aid to those in Gaza?

Egypt should be ashamed of itself.

These people came in peace, to help those in Gaza who have little or nothing to meet their needs.

I guess Israel rules Egypt.

Contact Information for All Egyptian Embassy’s Around the World.

Let them know how Displeased you are. Help the Convoy get all the supplies into Gaza. Voice your opinion. It only takes a few moments of your time to write.  Israel has been in control far too long.

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Jan 6 2010


Get News & Follow the convoy: http://readingpsc.org.uk/convoy

The convoy,  departed from London on December 6, 2009.


Most Recent Video on Convoy. Finally they got into Gaza.

Report by George Galloway
The Viva Palestina Convoy, and after facing ongoing Egyptian rejection and violent attacks by the Egyptian security forces, started on Wednesday evening to roll into the besieged Gaza Strip.

Thousands of angry protesters in Turkey have staged a demonstration in the city of Istanbul to condemn the Egyptian police crackdown on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.

London pro-Palestinian activists, including Jewish community members, staged a demonstration outside the Egyptian Embassy in central London to urge Hosni Mubarak to open the Rafah crossing into the Gaza strip.

Hundreds of Israelis have rallied in central Tel Aviv to protest against the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. Israeli Arab and Jewish activists marched on Saturday in the city’s Rabin square, chanting slogans and waving signs calling for “Freedom and Justice in Gaza”.

Jordanians held a sit-in near the Egyptian embassy in the Jordanian capital on Sunday to protest against Egypt’s plan to construct a steel wall along its borders with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Holocaust survivor explains why she became Palestinian rights activist

157 Viva Palestina convoy members passports were taken away at Al-Arish airport by the Egyptian authorities.

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