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Middle East
Police ban pro-democracy rally in Egypt
Hokey Smokes Bullwinkle, first Lyiba swears off terrorism, and now this! whats the world coming to?
Police have banned pro-democracy activists from staging a rally to demand political reform in Egypt, organizers and police said Monday, despite recent government promises to make the country more democratic. Hussein Abdel Razik, coordinator of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy,
Wait, go read that again.....
said the state security authorities notified him that police will not allow a march to President Hosni Mubarak’s office, where demonstrators had planned to deliver a petition calling for political reforms. The committee has started a nationwide campaign urging Mubarak to adopt reforms, like holding general presidential elections; abolishing emergency laws in place since 1981 that limit freedom of speech and assembly; and easing restrictions on forming political parties and publishing newspapers.
Rally organizers said they will set another date for the protest, which was scheduled for Wednesday, and would challenge the government in court if such a rally is banned again. "This is unconstitutional and illegal," Razik told The Associated Press. Police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ban fell under Interior Ministry regulations limiting street protests but did not elaborate.
Protests against the ’evil western influence and zionists’ go on unabated. The ’Department of Irony’ could not be reached for comment
Razik said security officers told him the committee could send the petition, but not protest.
Shredders on stun, Mr. Sulu.
In a statement, the committee described the move as "a new human rights violation by a police state."
hey - that's direct and to the point. It won't get picked up by the general media as its aimed at third world despots and not the US.
Last month Mubarak promised a wide range political and economic reforms bribes and urged opposition parties to engage the government in a national debate on expanding political participation.
Please make it easier for me to identify you and have you arrested.
His ruling National Democratic party
lookie there Egbert!, they got one of them thar democrat parties too!
also promised plans to make Egypt more democratic, though many Egyptians remained skeptical. Mubarak has been president and party leader since Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
let’s see, in the same time its been reagan,reagan,bush,clinton,clinton and bush. Heres the "kicker" kids....
Pressure for reform has also mounted from abroad following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and especially after the U.S.-led war in Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Sounds like its working to me!
Posted by:Frank Martin

#3  In my book, Egypt should be badgered into democratic reform and eventual freedom at a safe pace. We ought to have some influence through our cash flow; if we don't lets send the cash in a more productive direction.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-20 8:48:39 PM  

#2  We hear an awfully lot from the Dem "presidential candidates" about how Iraq is a 'failure', and Dubya's "domino" theory is the dumbest thing since the invention of dirt. Then a few days later, we see things like this. Wonder how much crow it's gonna take before these idiotarians in the "opposition party" and the media begin to get tired of the menu, and actually learn what's going on.
Posted by: Old Patriot   2003-10-20 6:46:08 PM  

#1  Pressure for reform has also mounted from abroad following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and especially after the U.S.-led war in Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Sounds like its working to me!

Absolutely. The strategy is having its effects and will have even more as people from the region get a chance to check out what's happening, for real, in Iraq. The hear about the elections, they want them too. No one who has any choice at all wants dictators-for-life.

This is why a few casualties every couple of days in Iraq is meaningless. What matters is the strategy and that means pressuring Egypt, Syrian, Saudi Arabia, Iran, et al. to get with the program.
Posted by: R. McLeod   2003-10-20 2:43:41 PM