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June 20, 2014

Saturday 10am-1pm: NYC Solidarity With Egyptian Political Prisoners

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:21 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Saturday 10am-1pm: NYC Solidarity With Egyptian Political Prisoners

Egypt Protest Law
Egyptian Mission to the UN, 304 E. 44th St. btwn 1st and 2nd Ave., New York, NY

On June 21, activists in Cairo, London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and Athens will be holding a day of solidarity for activists detained under Egypt’s draconian anti-protest law. The protest law, which was passed on November 24, 2013, prohibits and criminalizes assembly without prior authorization from the government, making peaceful protest punishable with jail time.

Recently, two dozen activists, including blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, were convicted and sentenced in absentia for organizing protests against military trials of civilians. They were handed sentences of 15 years. They are just a few of the thousands of people being persecuted right now.

Find out more about the protest law here: http://egyptprotests2014.tumblr.com/

Despite Egypt’s assault on freedom of expression and other democratic rights, the US continues to provide aid to the Egyptian government and military. Despite a recent cut, US aid to Egypt will still top $1billion this year.

People are being detained for exercising their right to assembly and expression. Let your voice be heard in solidarity on the 21st! Down with the protest law! Freedom for Egypt’s political prisoners!

Even if you can’t go, please show your support by RSVPing on Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/567658913345027/permalink/568065429971042/

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