What will it take to make the assault on the women of Egypt stop? **TRIGGER WARNING!**

This video (I know I probably should, but can’t bring myself to watch it until the end) shows a woman being attacked, brutalised and raped by a pack of men in Tahrir Square.

This ongoing & increasing sexual terrorism against the women of Egypt must stop! This pandemic of sexual violence was bad enough before the revolution, but it is now being deployed as a weapon against women on a scale never seen before.

The terrible case of the lady who was gang-raped & murdered on a bus in India was horrifying. What followed though, gave me some hope. Seeing the women and men of India rise up against the travesty that is misogyny & sexual violence was a beautiful and surprising phenomena. It gave me hope that something similar would happen in Egypt.

Alas! Not yet! Our prime minister seems more obsessed with dirty breasts that the dirty attacks on innocent women. The silence of those who should be cracking down on this is deafening. Every single Egyptian who is not on the side of those rapists and sexual terrorists should be out there protecting the dignity, freedoms & rights of their sisters and protesting this travesty on society.

Hope is not lost, though, there are many who are standing up against this, and I hope that it will increase rapidly. Please join the women of Egypt in solidarity next Tuesday. If you’re in London, please come to the embassy at 6PM.



My March For The Alternative.

Well, Saturday was quite a day! I haven’t seen so many of my fellow citizens out on the streets since the Stop The War protest about a decade ago – which, until last year, was the only protest I attended as an adult and made a big impression on me. It was a very moving experience being a part of such a wonderful day on Saturday. Contrary to the hyperbolic hysterical media reports, my overall experience was one of solidarity, creativity and peaceful protest, like well over 99.9% of the half a million people (at least) that were Marching For the Alternative. Of course there was some violence, there was some violence (deplorable, of course), but it was not what the march was about, nor what UKUncut was about.

I’ve been very proud to participate in the UK Uncut movement. I’ve previously been at sit ins at Vodafone, who have been let off a whopping SIX BILLION POUNDS (Yes, billion, not even millions) in tax – which is a strikingly similar amount to the cuts to welfare that the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society rely on to live. I’m also got my first ban a few months ago – at Topshop, where I was sitting in with other concerned members of our society campaigning against the moral abomination that is Phillip Green , ‘Efficiency Tsar’ to the coalition government, a man who has registered his companies in his wife’s name in Monaco, meaning that, even though he runs the company, he doesn’t pay tax on earnings. He paid nothing on a £1.2 billion dividend, while advising the government on how to make ‘efficiency savings’ (by cutting jobs, welfare, the NHS, public services). The government is using the global financial crisis as an alibi, while destroying the very ‘Big Society‘ they are espousing (double-speak if I’ve ever heard it!).

I am proud of being a part of UKUncut and am horrified by the arrest of 168 peaceful protesters, while only 11 other protesters were arrested for violent offences. Democratic peaceful protest is our heritage, and possibly the most important part of our heritage – to criminalise it is, in itself, criminal, in my opionion – and a subversion of the principles of justice and democracy that should be held above all in our society. The police tricked the protesters into leaving by saying that they would not be arrested – these are political arrests, nothing more. It’s important that we do not get intimidated into not standing up and protesting when we need to. What kind of a world would we live in without the changes that have happened as a result of legitimate protest?

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Libyan Solidarity Protest today at Downing Street

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Today’s demonstration was very moving and very passionate. My friend & I were in tears for alot of it, such was the high emotion and the sadness at what is happening right now. Bless Libya, Down with Gaddafi the murderer.

Solidarity Protest at Libyan Embassy in London 19.2.11

It’s with pure horror that I have been following the Libyan so called ‘leader’, Gaddafi as he unleashes hell on the brave Libyans who dare to take to the streets to demand their rights. Already, the death-toll in Benghazi is higher than was in Egypt & Tunisa combined, and in such a short time, too. With the trademark techniques of Arab Dictators – violent oppression, arming & releasing prisoners & thugs to do the dirty work of the regime, cutting off communication lines, and the bringing in of mercenaries to terrorise the populations, Gaddafi is showing himself to be the most sociopathic, bloodthirsty terrorising  murderer of them all. Please support the Libyans as much as you can and in anyway that you can. We must bear witness to this, in the name of humanity – even if we feel we can do nothing.

Please see here for more photos from the protest.

Solidarity Rally outside Bahrain Embassy 19.2.11

For more photos of the protest, please see my set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/el_amster/sets/72157625969138181/

Unbelievably the other Middle Eastern ‘leaders’ did not learn the right lessons from Ben Ali & Mubarak. Instead of listening to the people, they have cracked down murderously as the events unfolding in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen are proving. Using weapons bought with the permission and mostly likely encouragement from the British Government on innocent and brave but defenceless civilians, the ruling royal family in Bahrain have proven themselves to be the amongst the lowest in all humanity, even bringing in mercenaries to come and murder their own people. They have vindicated the protesters and shown their true colours to the world. Shame on them and their supporters.

The sorrow I feel as an Egyptian watching this is immense. Watching others go through the same inevitable hell to gain freedom and dignity is terrible. Solidarity to my sisters and brothers fighting for freedom everywhere.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? (Never trust a man with a gun)

Bittersweet were the celebrations of Mubarak’s agonisingly protracted ‘resignation’. For what a victory it was! After 30 years of tyranny & oppressive fear, Tunisia’s example provided the spark that ignited the spirit of Egyptian defiance once again. The price of Mubarak’s arrogant fantasism was a heavy one, paid for in Egyptian blood and lives. The sacrifices that have been made and the suffering endured for this revolution to happen must remain at the forefront of our minds. We must remember what this revolution was about – a move from the past to a new fairer system.

I am alarmed at how few people seem to be concerned that we have moved from a state of autocratic dictatorship to military dictatorship. I do not understand why people trust the army SO much! The focus must remain on the changes demanded and any obstruction or delay of the implimentation and practice of  some of the points of these protests – to dismantle the old regime, abolish corruption & the emergency laws and establish free & democratic elections, can only be viewed with suspicion. Other than a promise from the army that this will happen in 6 months, what else do we have? The same unfair emergency laws, old familiar Mubarak appointed faces in charge and the army already trying to prevent protests and strikes in an undemocratic fashion.

With reports that the army had received orders to fire on protesters with their artillery, and many of the senior military positions being occupied by Mubarak’s cronies and now, new reports that soldiers that threw down their weapons in favour of the revolution will be tried for High Treason! The military who have taken power may have some sort of mandate, but they have no legitimacy as rulers in my eyes. The sovereignty moved from Mubarak to the people in 18 days, we have to make sure that the power does not return up from below and that we don’t end up back at square one, having lost what our compatriots have paid for with their lives.