Sudanese Refugees Killings Demo Against Egyptian Regime in Washington, DC
In Washington D.C., around 60 Sudanese nationals demonstrated today in front of the Egyptian embassy against the killing of more than 27 Sudanese refugees in a police pre-dawn raid in the Egyptian capital Cairo last Friday, while shouting “Down… Down Mubarak”.
The protest was organized by the Sudanese Marginalized Forces Forum for Peace and Development (SMFFPD- USA Chapter). In their press releases they strongly condemned the brutal acts of the Egyptian security forces against the peaceful sit-in protest campaign organized by the Sudanese refugees in Cairo. The Sudanese sit-in has started on September 29, 2005 and until the attack day on December 30. The release also criticizes the UNHCR office in Cairo for ignoring the Sudanese refugees' rights and not guaranteeing their protection in Egypt. SMFFPD called upon all the marginalized forces of Sudan to unite against the oppression of the Sudanese government that forced millions of Sudanese people to escape the country.
Demonstrators held up placards condemning the Egyptian regime’s crime against the Sudanese refugees in Cairo. The Sudanese demonstrators were joined by some supporters from the DC area. The demonstrators were filled with agony and pain over the recent attack as they shouted against the Egyptian regime and President Mubarak.
The demonstrators read out some appeals they wrote to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Human Rights Commission to launch an immediate independent investigation into the killings of the Sudanese Refugees in Cairo and to provide protection to the refugees from any anticipated future brutality.
SMFFPD called for questioning and freezing all bilateral agreements between the two countries, including agreements on the Nile water.
Demonstrators called on Egypt to stop deportation plans for 650 Sudanese people which have been declared illegal immigrants or have violated the security conditions by the Egyptian government. Demonstrators believe that this move meant to retaliate from the Sudanese people living in Egypt, following the the worldwide international community’s criticism over the brutal treatment by the Egyptian police forces to the Sudanese refugees.
The Sudanese people in the US believe that the killings of the Sudanese people were perpetrated following an agreement of a forced evacuation for the refugees between the Sudanese and Egyptian governments .
Drawings for President Mubarak depicted him in some poses for Hitler with the Nazi sign. Demonstration organizers mentioned that they wrote to the U.S. Congress and to U.S. President George Bush seeking support to save the remaining Sudanese refugees in Cairo and to stop the forced deportation.
U.S. police officers were applauded for not killing the Sudanese protesters unlike the Egyptian police tradition of killing Egyptian citizens, if they dared to demonstrate, and recently the Sudanese!
On December 30, 2005 more than 27 Sudanese refugees were killed at the hands of the Egyptian police officers in a dawn raid to evacuate an unarranged refugee camp in the Mohandessen area, Giza. The victims of the attack were mainly elderly people, children and women.
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Above: "Shame Shame on Mubarak"
Above: "Tarnished hands with blood do not make peace"