Canadian Gaza Marchers Experience Egyptian State Brutality

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Egyptian Authorities Respond to Protest With Violence.
by Brandon Delyzer
This morning, near the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, around 300 Gaza Freedom Marchers joined in a final march after four days of protest.
 
Doctors treat a woman marcher's injuries. Egyptian police would not let anyone take her to the hospital for well over an hour.

Unsatisfied with the Egyptian government's decision to allow only 100 of the 1,400 to travel Gaza to protest the year-long Israeli siege, the marchers waved banners and chanted protest slogans as they peacefully marched towards Tahrir Square.

Egyptians police and riot control, who had treated protests in the days before with restraint, responded this time with force. Marchers were punched, kneed, and dragged by the collar. Although no serious injuries were reported, there were bruises, sprains, concussions and a few cracked ribs.

No official media was present at the scene and many cameras were taken or broken by the police. Protesters were herded into a contained barricade, where doctors treated the injured while the rest sang songs and cheered. 

After six hours, marchers were allowed to leave. Many Egyptians citizens walking by showed their support.
 
Egyptian police drag a marcher by the collar despite peaceful gestures and actions by the protesters.
 
Spirits are high with the marchers. They feel successful despite the setback of not getting into Gaza. Most of the marchers from over 43 countries will return home on January 4, while others will remain to travel to the West Bank.
 
Photos by Brandon Delyzer

[Update: Press TV is reporting a French national with the Gaza Freedom March has died of injuries sustained at the hands of Egyptian security officials. Link here for more. - ed.]

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