Protests in NY against the Rabaa, al-Nahda massacre

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Egyptian Consulate in NYC to protest against the massacres in Cairo's Rabaa and Al-Nahda squares.

Protests in NY against the Rabaa, al-Nahda massacre

World Bulletin / News Desk

Protests were organised in the New York City, to commemorate the second anniversary of the massacre that took place in Cairo's Rabaa and al-Nahda squares. The demonstration was held in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York.

Hundreds of peoples lost their lives in the massacre, with more than a thousand pro-Morsi supporters arrested - the massacre and arrests following the the first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi ousted by dictator and now President Abdullah Al-Sisi. The oppression of Muslim Brotherhood supporters continues today, with affiliated businesses, hospitals all taken over or shut down by the Sisi government.

During the protest, supporters yelled out slogans in support of Morsi, waving flags, and showing the Rabia hand sign. One of the protestors Hesham Abdallah, in his speech, said, "As an American citizen, I want our government to fulfill the requirements of American law. US law does not allow a military coup to take over a democratically elected government"

Noting that the Sisi regime has been illegitimate since day one, Abdallah said that the Western world's stance was inconsistent against the coup and the massacre that followed. Thanking the Turkish government and people for their consistent support, Abdallah said that, "In my recent visit to Turkey, the Rabia sign could be seen everywhere. They have felt the pain of their Egyptian brothers and sisters and we are grateful for their support"

Samar Nowar, another demonstrator also said that since the massacre the situation in Egypt has been spiralling downwards. Ashraf Ali noted that whilst the Sisi regime was in power there would be no accountability for those who responsbile for the massacres.

Oussama Jammal, secretary general of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, drew attention to the continuing abuses allegedly committed under Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who assumed the Egyptian presidency in mid-2014.

Claiming there had not been any investigation into the Rabaa killings, Jammal told Anadolu Agency: "We are even more disappointed with the international community for its silence and complete ignorance or neglect of this gross violation. By doing so, their simple message to the people in the Middle East is that democracy is not important.

“What's important is, if you have power and if you can violate human rights, you can use violence and you can survive. This is the wrong message.”

He added that the “continuing silence of the international community has sent a very bad message to the regime in Egypt”.

PROTEST IN FRONT OF NEWS CORP

Protestors then walked to the headquarters of Rupert Murdoch owned News Corporation.

Joining another group of anti-coup protestors that were already present, the demonstrators protested the July coup. During the demonstration, placards displaying the image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mohammad Morsi were held on display.

Missy Crutchfield, another American citizen, said, "Every years, one and half billion dollars is sent to Egypt. This money doesn't reach the Egyptian people but is sient to the military and to dictator Sisi. Noting that Fox News has connections with News Corp., Crutchfield said that the American media does not reflect the true facts of regarding Egypt and that Fox News was one of the "worst" culprits amongst media organisations.

"Why is America supporting a military coup? Sisi's visit to the US last year is a situation that that is contrary to conscience".

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ağustos 2015, 17:52
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