On my way to demo for #Cairo…

I will be arriving soon at the U.S Embassy in London, to rally for #Egypt. Key point: I AM GOING BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE IN THIS COUNTRY NEED TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT FOR THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED. We are less likely than them to be beaten up, letalone killed, when we turn out to march. So we have a responsibility to lend a hand, and pressurise the Egyptian 'govt' as best we can from here. Also, my wife Juliette, who works for the ECONOMIST, has worked in Egypt and has many friends there, some of whom have been involved in the protests or in reporting them. I have met some of these people, and I know that they want us to lend a hand, if we can…
  
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My multisigned _Guardian_ letter this morning:

Is it time for the UK to stop recognising Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt? Mubarak does not have a legitimate claim to this title through popular consent. He was the president for the simple reason that he was clearly the person presiding – the Foreign Office recognised his government because they were the people governing. Now the streets of Egypt are patrolled by protesters and the museums are protected by activists. Mubarak and his thugs may terrorise, but they do not govern.We, Britain, cannot bring down this dictator (that is for the Egyptian people), but we can stop doing anything to prop him up.

Beth Tichborne, Louise Hazan, Nishma Doshi and Adam Ramsay, Big Society Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Cllr Rupert Read

Gary Dunion, No Shock Doctrine for Britain

Cllr Maggie Chapman

Stuart White, Jesus College, University of Oxford

David Wearing, School of Public Policy, UCL

Peter McColl, Bright Green

Sunny Hundal, Liberal Conspiracy

Guy Aitchson, Open Democracy

Emma Hughes, Red Pepper

Lorenzo Marsili, European Alternatives

Marek Powley, Young Greens

Peter Speller

Matthew Scott

Tom Allen

Katie Higgins

Dr Nicola Pratt

Dr Derek Wall

Stephen Lintott

Rachel Hardy

Odai Al Zoubi

Roger Slack

Steve Whittemore

Peter Garbutt

Jeremy Bartlett

Simon Summers

Denise Smith

Andrew Carlin

Dr Emily Robinson

Dr Heather Savigny

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/nothing-can-save-mubarak-egyptian-wrath

Time to remove Mubarak’s prop

If you have 2 minutes, watch this, it will break your heart; http://bit.ly/esLSz7
The master-thug Mubarak, who is making this kind of appalling cruelty happen, is propped up by western aid. Isn’t it time we in the west threatened directly to remove that prop?
Britain et al ought to be making sure that the Egyptian army and those tempted to thug for Mubarak understand that their government will be economically and diplomatically isolated forthwith, unless they get rid of Mubarak and all his minions.
Britain and our allies have the ability to remove this vital prop from Mubarak, to help the Egyptian people to dispense with him. They (we) will bear a heavy responsibility, if they choke, now.

Rupert Read
Green Party Councillor, Norwich.
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Demo for #Egypt

I will be going to this, in London this Saturday. I hope maybe you will, dear Rupert’s Reader, too! See you there?
 
STOP THE WAR EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2.30PM
SOLIDARITY WITH THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE
END US/BRITISH/EU INTERVENTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
ASSEMBLE US EMBASSY, GROSVENOR SQUARE, W1A 1AE
MARCH TO EGYPTIAN EMBASSY
 
Events in Egypt are at a turning point. The movement has forced Mubarak to
announce his departure, but demonstrators are demanding he goes now.
Pro-Mubarak thugs are trying to create a strategy of tension. The next few days
are crucial to what happens and there have been calls for protests in support
of the movement on Saturday.

Stop the War has always been involved in solidarity work with the Middle East,
as part of our opposition to the war on terror. We have held meetings and
protests on Palestine, Lebanon and Yemen. What’s happening in Egypt has huge
implications for the whole region, and even further afield, including the major
theatres of war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

We are therefore calling an emergency demonstration this Saturday 5 February,
to assemble at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London W1, at 2.30pm and
from there go to the Egyptian embassy to join the daily protests.

The demonstration will call for an end to US/British/EU involvement in the
region, solidarity with the Egyptian people and freedom for the Middle East.

We appreciate there are many other events taking place but we are asking all
our supporters in London to spread the word and mobilise as much as they can.

London has a reputation as having a strong anti-war and pro Palestine movement.
A demonstration in support of our Egyptian sisters and brothers can send a
strong message of support.

Lindsey German, National Convenor, Stop the War Coalition
Andrew Murray, National Chair, Stop the War Coalition

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EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE EGYPTIAN UPRISING
John Rees, an officer of Stop the War, has just returned from Cairo and will
give an eye-witness account at tonight’s public meeting.

PUBLIC MEETING:
SOLIDARITY WITH EGYPTIAN UPRISING
WEDNESDAY 2 FEBRUARY, 7PM
CONWAY HALL, RED LION SQUARE, LONDON WC1R 4RL
Speakers: George Galloway, Dina Makram Ebeid, Egyptian activist,
John Rees, eye witness from Cairo, Bernard Regan

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SEE ALSO:
* Why the west should keep out of the Middle East, by Simon Jenkins:
http://bit.ly/ghQJxX

* The torturers, jailers and spies who lead Egypt’s “new” government:
http://bit.ly/hoEy3G

My letter in the STANDARD: ‘Standing by Egypt’

This cross-party letter that I organised appeared in the Evening Standard this Monday 31 Jan. I’ve been too busy to put it up here – but here it now is:
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To the Editor:

We are concerned about the inclusion of key members of the ‘security’/’intelligence’ apparatus prominently in the reshuffled Egyptian government, when what is really needed is a swift and clear promise of democracy.


The Cairo protests are being echoed all over the Middle East, and reflect an approaching state of change across the region. We call on our government to exert the strongest possible economic and diplomatic pressure on the Egyptian regime for it to refrain from treating protesters with violence and brutality. and to set a timetable for Mubarak to step aside to allow the holding of free and fair elections. These are the protesters main demands.


It should be made clear to Mr Mubarak that unless he steps aside and allows such elections he will become diplomatically and economically isolated. In this way we can help strengthen the hands of those that seek a swift democratic solution in Egypt.


Unless and until our government takes up a strong stance such as this, then we call on readers to pressurise our government… Readers can make clear their solidarity by signing up to stand by Egypt at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/democracy_for_egypt/?vl and by letting their MPs / the government know how they feel, as we have done.


 Faithfully,

C’llr. Rupert Read (Green),
Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour),
Linda Jack (LibDem),
Keith Taylor MEP (Green),
Neal Lawson (Chair, Compass),
Prof. Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS),
Dr. Ian Gibson (former Lab MP),
Michael Innes,
Dr. Nicola Pratt,
Dr. Derek Wall (former Principal Speaker, Green Party),
Cat Smith (Chair, Compass Youth),
C’llr. Peter Offord,
C’llr. Martin Whiteside,
Dr. Michael Loughlin,
Dr. Phil Hutchinson,
Dr. Michael McEachrane,
C’llr. Andrew Boswell,
C’llr. Adrian Holmes,
C’llr. Dilys Cluer,
C’llr. Michael Hoy,
Angus Ross,
C’llr. Phil Hardy
Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge
Howard Temperley
Robert Short
Roger Haywood
Dr. Duncan Richter
Paul Grenville
Denise Smith
Richard Hamilton
Alan Johnson
& Juliette Harkin.