Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Supporters of the Egyptian Revolution Rally in San Francisco

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Supporters of the Egyptian Revolution Rally in San Francisco

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Egyptian Americans and their supporters gathered in San Francisco's Union Square June 4 to show solidarity with the people of Egypt who are struggling to establish democracy in their country. Many at the evening rally waved the colorful red, white and black Egyptian flag, while others displayed signs reading "End U.S. Military Aid to Egypt" and "Victory to the Arab Revolutions."

The demonstration was called by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition in response to the weak verdicts handed down to deposed president Hosni Mubarak and members of his administration. The former president and his interior minister Habib al-Adly received life prison terms for complicity in killing protesters during the January 2011 uprising. Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were acquitted of corruption charges.

ANSWER coalition organizer Omar Ali addressed the crowd, including shoppers and tourists attracted by the flags, posters and large banners. "Thousands of Egyptians have amassed in Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo and other cities to protest these verdicts," Ali said. "The military council, which receives more than $2 billion in military aid from the U.S., is just another wing of the Mubarak regime. There is still a revolution going on in Egypt....We called this demonstration just to show our solidarity with the Egyptian people and to demand the end of U.S. military aid to Egypt."

In a written statement, the young leaders of Egypt's pro-democracy revolution called for international support, stating: "As we learned over the last year and a half, no weapon is stronger than solidarity. Support us, protest in defense of the Egyptian revolution."

Vigilers Protest Israel's "Birthday Celebration"

Activists from human rights organizations-including Bay Area Women in Black and Jewish Voice for Peace-joined together in a silent vigil in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens on June 10. The occasion was the Jewish Community Federation's annual "Israel in the Gardens" event to "celebrate Israel's birthday."

In an attempt to educate passersby and festivalgoers on the actual events surrounding the creation of the Jewish state 64 years ago, vigil participants handed out fliers explaining:

"The Palestinian community is also marking 64 years, but there is no celebration. …

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