2,000 Egyptian riot police have reportedly besieged the Viva Palestina convoy. Here is a report and and appeal from convoy leader Kevin Ovenden.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Viva Palestina for breaking the siege despite Egypt’s attempt to violently thwart their efforts.
URGENT: Viva Palestina faced with 2,000 riot police in the port of Al-Arish!
To all friends of Palestine,
Our situation is now at a crisis point! Riot has broken out in the port of Al- Arish.
This late afternoon we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official was regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza.
He left two hours ago and did not come back. Egyptian authorities called over 2,000 riot police who then moved towards our camp at the port.
We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid.
The Egyptian authorities have by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point.
We are now calling upon all friends of palestine to mount protests in person where possible, but by any means available to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassy’s and demand that the convoy are allowed a safe passage into Gaza tomorrow!
Kevin Ovenden Viva Palestina Convoy Leader
Contact your MPs + put pressure on Egyptian authorities
– Contact the Egyptian Embassy:
Egyptian Embassy (Diplomatic Mission)E-Mail: email@example.com
Tel.: 020 7499 3304
Egyptian Tourist Office
Tel.: 020 7493 5283
Egyptian Press and Information OfficeTel.: 020 7409 2236
– Contact our representatives & UK government:
Contact your MP: http://www.writetothem.com/
David Miliband (Foreign Secretary/Labour MP for South Shields)
(0191) 456 8910
British Embassy in Egypt