maandag 31 januari 2011

Steunverklaring voor opstand in Egypte

 
Ik tekende gisteravond een petitie tegen verkrachting van lesbiennes in Zuid-Afrika, en kwam meteen op hun mailinglijst te staan...
De organisatie Avaaz was me tot nu toe onbekend. Zoals te verwachten van een dergelijke organisatie, zijn ze ook tegen de blokkade van de Gazastrook, en uiteraard tegen het nederzettingenbeleid van Israel, maar spreken zich in elk geval wel uit voor de tweestatenoplossing.
 
Wouter
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Dear friends,

Millions of brave Egyptians are right now facing a fateful choice. Thousands have been jailed, injured or killed in the last few days. But if they press on in peaceful protest, they could end decades of tyranny.

The protesters have appealed for international solidarity, but the dictatorship knows the power of unity at a time like this - they've desperately tried to cut Egyptians off from the world and each other by completely shutting down the internet and mobile networks.

Satellite and radio networks can still break through the regime blackout -- let's flood those airwaves with a massive cry of solidarity showing Egyptians that we stand with them, and that we'll hold our governments accountable to stand with them too. The situation is at a tipping point -- every hour counts -- click below to sign the solidarity message, and forward this email:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/democracy_for_egypt/?vl

People power is sweeping the Middle East. In days, peaceful protesters brought down Tunisia's 30-year dictatorship. Now the protests are spreading to Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and beyond. This could be the Arab world's Berlin Wall moment. If tyranny falls in Egypt, a tidal wave of democracy could sweep the entire region.

Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has tried to crush the rallies. But with incredible bravery and determination, the protesters keep coming.

There are moments when history is written not by the powerful, but by people. This is one of them. The actions of ordinary Egyptians in the coming hours will have a massive effect on their country, the region, and our world. Let's cheer them on with our own pledge to stand with them in their struggle:  

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/democracy_for_egypt/?vl

Mubarak's family has left the country, but last night he ordered the military into the streets. He's ominously promised 0 tolerance for what he calls "chaos". Either way, history will be made in the next few days. Let's make this the moment that shows every dictator on our planet that they cannot stand long against the courage of people united.

With hope and admiration for the Egyptian people,
Ricken, Rewan, Ben, Graziela, Alice, Kien and the rest of the Avaaz team

More Information:

Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12303564  

Egyptian government shuts down the Internet
http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/01/egypt-leaves-the-internet.shtml

North Africa: Will dominoes fall in the region? 
http://allafrica.com/stories/201101280659.html

'Beginning of the end' for Egypt's Mubarak as son and wife flee
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/105117/20110126/beginning-of-the-end-for-egypt-s-mubarak-as-son-and-wife-flee.htm  

Amnesty International condemns the crackdown on demonstrations
http://amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/egypt-must-stop-crackdown-protesters-2011-01-26 

Regular updates are being posted by Egyptian activists here: 
http://www.elshaheeed.co.uk

ACCESS campaign for digital freedom in Egypt:
https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/help-egypt  


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