Friday, May 12, 2006

Egyptian blogger arrested

Egypt has arrested the blogger Alaa for protesting corruption of the country's judicial system.

Sandmonkey provied the basic facts

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fatah has been arrested alongside 10 others while demonstrating in support of the independence of the Judiciary in Egypt and the release of previous demonstrators who were detained 2 weeks earlier. The Police entrapped them, cordoning off their peaceful protest and then proceeded to handpick the demonstrators that they wanted to detain, beat them, and then arrested them. ... This is by no means a co-incidence. Government agents handpicked people to arrest from amongst the protesters. They have been wanting to get Alaa for a long time now, precisely because he is high profile, and because he helps organizes the protests and spread the information through the blog aggregat

Here's the email for the Egyptian embassy in Washington

Better, here's an on-line petition to support Alaa by sending emails to

* Egypt's Ambassador to the US Nabil Fahmy
* Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif
* Egypt's Interior Minister Habib El Adly
* US Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone
* US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch

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