throw stones at the U.S. Embassy and at one another,
front of the U.S. diplomatic compound in Cairo, March 9.
'How will Egypt Regain
Custody of Fugitive Americans?', Protesters Ask
a state of shocked amazement, people are asking the attorney general to react
to the ruling of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to have the escaped fugitives returned. The population's
question is clear: 'The Americans have fled … How do we get them back again?”
It is a question that came up in many mosques yesterday.'
There are many questions on
the Egyptian street concerning the escape of the Americans accused in the foreign
funding affair. In a state of shocked amazement, people are asking the attorney
general to react to the ruling of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to have the escaped fugitives returned. The
population's question is clear: “The Americans have fled … How do we get them back
again?” It is a question that came up in many mosques yesterday.
Suez leader of popular
resistance in Suez, Sheykh Hafez Salameh, confirmed that ten days ago, Egypt
was stabbed in its chest when Egyptian officials allowed the Americans involved
in the foreign funding affair to leave the country. He said, "That stab
cannot pass without submitting those involved in the affair to justice. I refer
to those who took part in this decision during the visits of the U.S. secretary
of state, the U.S. ambassador and their colleagues, who came to exert pressure
to have the traitors released.”
After his Friday sermon at the
Al-Nour Mosque in Abbassiyah, Sheykh Salameh also said, "I was surprised
by the attorney general's decision to somehow bring the people involved in the issue
of foreign funding back to into the country. Mr. prosecutor, now that you let them
go, how will you bring them back? Mr. prosecutor, America still controls the
Egyptian legal system.”
Dozens of people protested
yesterday in front of the U.S. Embassy and participated in the "Friday of Dignity"
called for by [member of parliament, National Party Founder, media executive and former presidential candidate] Tufic Accasheh, calling for the immediate expulsion of the U.S. ambassador and a reduction in the size of
the U.S. diplomatic mission.
Another protest emerged from
Tahrir Square and headed toward the U.S. Embassy to condemn the escape of the
defendants on the issue of foreign funding and demand the expulsion of U.S. Ambassador
Anne Paterson. These protesters ended up scuffling with the suppporters of Tufic Accasheh,
who had gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy. The protesters from Tahrir Square
shouted, “The People want the Ambassador Sent Back. No, No to U.S. aid. Oh
America, you will not humiliate us!”
The clashes among protesters
began with shouting matches between the two sides, when it seemed as though the
mosque protesters of Tufic Accasheh thought the protesters from Tahrir Square were demonstrating
against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. So they began shouting “The
police, people and Army are one hand. The Army and people are one hand.”
Organizers from both sides then worked to separate the protesters and disengage.