Expatriate Egyptians protest on anniversary of revolution
As protesters crammed Tahrir Square, expat Egyptians abroad organised protests in many world cities in solidarity with Egypt's unfinished revolution. London, UK. 25th January 2012
The sounds of an unfinished revolution ring higher than the first one. Supported by 'Stop The War', and OL protesters, around 200 people assembled in front of the Egyptian Embassy on South Street in London,
They stood in front of the Egyptian embassy, with some speeches calling for solidarity with the Egyptian people and other revolutions of the Arab Spring, condemning Western meddling in some Arab nations.
Protesters gave a share of attention to the US-Iranian crisis over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities. Speakers called for a protest in front of the US embassy in London.
Egyptian expats living abroad organised protests in many world capitals on the first anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, showing solidarity with protests against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Tahrir Square, whom they have labelled as "Kazeboon" (Liars).
While protesters expressed anger regarding the pace of democratic transition in post-revolution Egypt, SCAF arranged ceremonies at Egyptian embassies and consulates abroad to celebrate the historic moment.
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Muslim Brotherhood has won the recent parliamentary elections in Egypt, questioning the 'advantages of the "revolution"...
The media has been disappointing, with major Western newspapers and tv channels losing their credibility due to their "adopted ignorance"...
Al Jazeera and other channels like Russia Today are now given their due share of importance and priority...
While Egyptian protesters in Europe and the US were able to voice their concerns, Egyptian expats in Arab Gulf countries encountered problems gaining permission to protest.
In Qatar, Egyptians called for a moment of silence and for sympathisers to don black clothing after Qatari authorities refused to issue a license to protest.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain saw a different scene. The Egyptian communities in the two states did not protest, but nonetheless resented local embassies inviting who they called "elite" Egyptians, among other state officials, to official celebrations.
Egyptian expatriates played a vital role during the 2011 revolution, gathering international support for nationwide demands for democracy and the end to Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year dictatorship.
They also waged a long and intensive battle to gain the right to vote in Egypt’s parliamentary and presidential elections, a right affirmed in a ruling by the Administrative Court.