DC Area Egyptians Take Protests to Steps of Embassy Defense Office

As part of a global call for protesters throughout the world, a group of about 50 members of the Washington, DC area Egyptian community and non-Egyptian supporters gathered in front of the Egyptian Embassy Defense Office to voice their demands of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF). They are demanding that SCAF hand over power immediately, stop all military trials, release of all detainees to be tried in civilian courts and for all those who have committed war crimes to be held accountable for their actions.

Violence has broken out in recent days in Cairo's Tahrir Square, site of this spring's demonstrations that led to the ouster of then president Hosni Mubarak, as protestors called for the country's Army Chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to "leave" as they rejected his promise for June presidential elections. 

Youthful demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square were angered by Tantawi's suggestion that a referendum should take place on whether military rule should end earlier. They continued to protest as many skirmished with police amidst a cloud of teargas.

Protests in Washington, DC and New York City, as well as other cities outside of Egypt, immediately drew hundreds, calling for Tantawi to step down in support of the demonstrators in Cairo.

The DC area Egyptian community is plan a week of "sit-in" protests in front of the Embassy's Defense Office which is located at 2590 L Street, NW in Washington, DC.

Dates for the protests are as follows:

Sun, Nov 27: [Egyptian Defense Office] 2:00PM-4:00PM
Mon, Nov 28: [Egyptian Defense Office] 6:30PM-8:00PM
Tue, Nov 29: [Egyptian Defense Office] 6:30PM-8:00PM
Wed, Nov 30: [Egyptian Defense Office] 6:30PM-8:00PM
Thu, Dec 01: [Egyptian Defense Office] 6:30PM-8:00PM
Fri, Dec 02: [Egyptian Defense Office] 6:30PM-8:00PM

 
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