Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Livestream from Abdeen Oraby 2010 Demonstration

You can watch the livestream of today's twin demonstrations in Cairo(Abdeen Palace, hence the name Oraby) and Alexandria(al Rasafa Sq)against hereditary rule (tawrith)here.

There seems to be a massive security operation, with arreests of activists, and the roads leading to the area surounding Abdeen is blocked. Only about 200 took part in the Abdeen demonstration according to this Reuters wire, quite a normal figure by Cairo standards, especially when the Muslim Brotherhood is a non show, But lately in contrast to the ordinary demonstrations, is the silent stands against torture and police abuse, that begun Spontaneously after the brutal killing of the 28 year-old Alexandrian Khaled Said by the hands of Alexandria police on June 6th. These silent stands are orgaized through a facebook group, started by an unknown person.

According to @Hishamkassem Gamela Ismail and a journalist has been detained/alternatively encircled by and Jack Shenker of the Guardian had a scuffle with the police. There seems to have been arrests of 6 April youth. According to Front for the Defence of Egypt Protesters there's been 40 activists surrounded by security forces, even before they got to the demonstration venue at Abdeen. In Alexandria, 9 activists have been detained.

This post is very poor on information, due to technical proplems with the twitter virus, but updates will be forthcomming.

Journalists targeted

As many times before, journalists was among those targeted, or rather their equipement, apart from the two cases mentioned above, an al Jazeera cameraman seems to have been detained and Jano Charbel who writes for al Masry al Youm English was stopped by police, whom tried to confiscate his camera, meanwhile al Jazeera arabic was broadcasting the event live.

UPDATE: Jano Charbel is out after being detained.

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