Egypt Cracks Down on Foreign Protesters Heading to Gaza

(Christian Science Monitor) Liam Stack - On Sunday, more than 1,000 international activists from 42 countries descended on Cairo to kick off the Gaza Freedom March, a humanitarian convoy and media spectacle organized by U.S. activist group Code Pink. But Egypt stopped the activists from driving across the Sinai Peninsula, keeping them from getting near the Egypt-Gaza border. Medea Benjamin, one of the march organizers, says she and 50 other U.S. nationals were "beaten up" by Egyptian police when they went to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday. On Sunday, between 250 and 300 French protesters blocked a major eight-lane thoroughfare in Cairo for three hours, provoking the wrath of Egyptian police. The protesters were corralled onto the sidewalk in front of their embassy and held there for two days.

2009-12-30 08:39:32

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