Update from CODEPINK Peace Delegation in Cairo

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Wed, Feb 2, 2011

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Tonight our CODEPINK delegation in Cairo returned to Tahrir Square after the terrible events of this afternoon, when Mubarak’s thugs busted up their peaceful protest with rocks, sticks and molotov cocktails. Hundreds have been wounded–their hands, legs, arms wrapped in bloody bandages. Despite the beatings, thousands of people are still camped out in the square–absolutely determined to stay there until Mubarak goes.

Despite the danger on the streets, we went to the square carrying with two big banners. One said “World Says Time To Go, Mubarak!” and the other said “Solidarity With Egyptian People” in both English and Arabic. When the people in the square saw us and discovered we were Americans, they erupted into cheers. “Thank you, thank you,” they cried. “We love you.” We were crying as well. It felt so good to help lift their spirits after such a terribly violent day.

I saw a friend who is a professor at the American University in Cairo. He had a big gash in his head. “Please, help us tell the world what is happening. Tell them how we were viciously attacked,” he said. “Tell them we will die here if we have to, but we will NOT turn back.”

I couldn’t believe that after today’s attacks, there were still women in the square who planned to spend the night. A group of young women ran up to us and started hugging and kissing us. “You don’t know what your presence means to us,” one of the students said. ” Please tell Obama that we need him to do more to push Mubarak to go NOW, before more of us get killed.”

One way Obama can send a stronger message to Mubarak is to announce that the United States will cut off all aid to this regime. For 30 years the U.S. government has been supporting this autocratic, repressive state. Cutting aid now will send a clear signal that the U.S. government is finally distancing itself from this regime.

Tomorrow, a group of us will go to the U.S. Embassy with this message. We will sit outside the Embassy, despite the risks of being attacked by government thugs, and call on our government to immediately stop all aid to Mubarak’s regime. Please join us by taking the same action back home.

Now is the time that the Egyptian people need our solidarity. Don’t let there be one more “Made in the USA” teargas canister hurled at these people. Don’t let there be one more U.S. bullet or U.S. weapon aimed at them.

The Egyptian people are writing a beautiful chapter in the history of nonviolence revolutions. Let’s show them we are on their side.

Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace.

See photos of the delegation here.

If you are a member of the press and wish to contact Medea in Egypt please see phone numbers in our press release here.

Sign onto CODEPINK’s Call to the President to cut military aid to Mubarak here.

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  • Anonymous

    I wish I were there with you. My heart is with you and the Egyptian people. I am doing all I can here to bring attention to our government that we must stop supporting the Mubarak government and all it stands for. Bless you and all the courageous people in Tahrir square. Seeing all the places we were last year has helped me to understand what is happening now. We have an uphill road to go, but I know that what is happening now can bring freedom and justice. love, Eliz

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LFFEY4SDQBASRJX32TTFLHFSR4 William

    With you in heart and soul.

  • Sharon Hill

    Medea you are one twisted woman but at lease you’re out with it.

  • Sharon Hill

    She is on the wrong side of the fight and is doing this for attention for her CODEDUMMY for girls group.

  • Sharon Hill

    Why ?

  • Kirk the Conservative Jerk

    According to a major survey conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, adults in Egypt don’t crave Western-style democracy.
    The vast majority of them want a larger role for Islam in government. This includes making barbaric punishments, such as stoning adulterers and executing apostates, the law of their country. With the ouster of their secular, pro-American leader, they may get their wish.

    Among highlights from the Pew poll:

    • 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”

    • 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.

    • 82% support stoning adulterers.

    • 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.

    • 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.

    • 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.

    • Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas.

    • 30% have a favorable opinion of Hezbollah.

    • 20% maintain positive views of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

    • 82% of Egyptians dislike the U.S. — the highest unfavorable rating among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed.

  • Porky Pig

    Sharon lay off of my Medea she is the sex vixen of CODEPINK.

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