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Rights Organization: 15 Protests, 29 Injured Last September
Rights Organization: 15 Protests, 29 Injured Last September
Throughout last September, Sons of the Earth Organization had monitored 15 protests including 3 sit-ins, 6 demonstrations, and 6 assemblies pointing out that in spite of the month’s correspondence to Ramadan, the (lunar) month of tolerance, patience, and
Monday, October 20,2008 02:43
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Throughout last September, Sons of the Earth Organization had monitored 15 protests including 3 sit-ins, 6 demonstrations, and 6 assemblies pointing out that in spite of the month"s correspondence to Ramadan, the (lunar) month of tolerance, patience, and content, it did not intercede for rural Egyptians" to restore their peace of mind for even one month.

 

At the same time, the organization also monitored 29 injured people as a result of fierce competition and pushing in the lines for bread.  Moreover, the number of accidents due to violence between farmers had leaped to 16 killing 25 people, injuring 43, and resulting in the arrest of 119 others. These numbers indicate how the impoverishment policy adopted by the government has pushed many farmers under the poverty line to an extent that not even Ramadan with its deep spiritual nature could restrain their violence.

 

The institute studied these incidents and documented them in its report.  Among the sit-ins was that which was organized in front of Qaha"s Electricity Company including 500 citizens from the Qalyubiyyah towns in Tukh Center who had been protesting against the cut-off of electricity for 3 consecutive days and expressing their resentment for the losses they incurred as a result. The report also referred to the demonstration of nearly 200 citizens from Asfun Al-Muta"ina who had been protesting against the Town Council Head for shutting down two bread outlets in Qina town.  Another protest was that in which the people of "Azb Shaker, Al-Khazen Dar, and Manshit El-Mustafa had assembled in front of the city"s council to protest against the cut-off of drinking water supply for more than 35 days in the Gharbiyyah governorate.

 

The report further added that among those injured in the lines for bread, four had been moved to El-Munira Hospital in Imbaba due to serious injuries resulting from fights using cold steel.  These four were:  Abdel-"Al, Mahmoud Farrag, "Adel Mohamed Salem, and Mohamed Farrag.

 

 


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