Thursday, September 22, 2005

Remembering and never forgetting....

5th of september group demonstrating in front of opera house &calling for annulment of cairo international festival for experimentaltheatre and trial of those responsible for beni suef fire

A group that was formed after the Beni Sweif fire, calling themselves((5th of September)) group, gathered in front of the Opera House on theopening night of CIFET (Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. Other movements joined in, including ((Enough)),((Intellectuals & Artists for Sake of Change)), ((Doctors for Sake ofChange)), ... etc.

Demonstrators called for investigations with those responsible for theBeni Sweif fire that took the life of 46 critics, artists andjournalists. They considered it proper for the Ministry of Culture to have annuled CIFET, in compassion for the victims, as such a festival was far too provocative for feelings of families of the deceased.In their statement, they demanded four things: considering the deceased"martyrs" (I am not very sure if that will give the families of the victims further civil and legal rights); immediate trial of Ministers of Culture, Interior, Health andthe Governor of Beni Sweif; rationalizing ministerial expenses by substituting festivals and ceremonies with genuine cultural services forthe people; checking that state theatres were in compliance withstandard safety measures.

The story is from Al-Wafd, here is also my other blogs on Bani Suef Inferno

2 Comments:

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Alaa said...

the group has a blog @
http://fiveseptember.blogspot.com

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

I m linking to Alaa, in the first line.

Thanks for mentioning it again

Hope all is well with you

 

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