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Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London

Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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The four protesters prepare to enter the embassy.
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The four protesters prepare to enter the embassy.
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The four protesters enter the embassy.
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The four protesters enter the embassy.
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Four protesters were arrested inside the Egyptian embassy in London today.
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Diplomatic police show up at the Egyptian embassy in London.
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A diplomatic police car parked outside the Egyptian embassy.
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A diplomatic police car parked outside the Egyptian embassy.
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A man waits to get in the Egyptian embassy as police deal with the protesters inside.
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Police enter the Egyptian embassy to deal with four protesters.
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Police enter the Egyptian embassy to deal with four protesters.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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Four protesters were arrested inside the Egyptian embassy in London today.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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A female protester is taken out of the Egyptian embassy by police.
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  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London
  • Four protesters arrested for occupying Egyptian embassy in London

Just before 10am, four protesters entered the Egyptian embassy in London to protest against continued government oppression. They were each arrested by Diplomatic police and all were brought out by 11am. 5th November 2011

According to a press release from the protesters;

"At 9.00am this morning a number of women activists entered the Egyptian Embassy in London with a banner reading "Solidarity with Tahrir" in English and Arabic. Tahrir is both the square which has been the focal point of protests in Cairo, and Arabic for "Liberation". They are currently occupying part of the embassy.

Over the past month, protesters in Tahrir Square have been violently attacked by the army whilst protesting continuing military rule of Egypt, despite January's popular uprising which ousted Dictator Hosni Mubarak on February 11th.

The army has been firing on protesters with live ammunition and three types of tear gas, two of which are said to have caused fatalities. At least 42 people have been killed and over 3000 injured since protesters re-occupied Tahrir square on Nov 19th [1]. Thousands of people remain in prison without charge since the beginning of the uprising and reports of torture are widespread.

Since the Military took over street patrols from the Police on January 28th 2011, 12,000 civilians have been arrested and tried under military courts - more than the total number tried by the military in 30 years of Mubarak's rule.[2]

A state of emergency remains in place since 1981, outlawing strikes and protests. Despite this, Egyptians continue to protest, organise and take industrial action.

The protesters in London say they are responding to a call from protesters in Cairo to occupy Egyptian Embassies worldwide. [3]

One protester, 31 year old medic Janet Cole, said:

"The peoples' uprising in January overthrew Mubarak, but the army have retained control - the people say there will never be real democracy while the army rules the country. We're protesting in solidarity with everyone defending their revolution in Egypt".

A second activist from the group added:

"The SCAF - the Supreme Council of Armed Forces - must stop attacking protesters and end military trials for civilians. The British government must also end its' tacit approval of the Junta, through its support for arms deals and silence on the ongoing repression"."

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[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47IPxAnDdtg from the Moisireen Video Collective and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/opinion/us-policy-on-egypt-needs-a-big-shift.htm
l[2] http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/09/10/egypt-retry-or-free-12000-after-unfair-military-trials
[3] http://en.nomiltrials.com/2011/11/call-out-for-solidarity-with-egypt_02.html A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements.

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