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The Street is Ours We shall start a campaign defending our presence, our right to public space, our right to a life free of violence and sexual harassment; We call upon everybody, women and men, to gather in front of the Metro Theater (one of the locations where the harassments took place) Tuesday 14 November, at 3 p.m., to express our solidarity with the victims of harassment to make a statement that the street is ours. Nobody will terrify us away. Nobody will isolate us in our country.
Above: A criminal thug, armed with knife, brought to campus by pro-government students to participate in the assaults on opposition activists. Photo taken by MB studentsAnd where was the University's Security, which Minister of Education Dr. Hani Helal described in today's Al-Masry Al-Youm as "without it, we would have been screwed"? (I'm not joking. That's the quote.) NO WHERE! The security did not intervene to stop the assaults, and actually aided them. Under their watchful eyes that those herds of Baltaggiya were allowed into campus. I've spoken with Emad Mubarak, the director of the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression, who follows abuses against students closely, and he said this year the government is not taking it lightly at all with the SU elections. "Already the intimidations started before Eid," he said. "Posters were torn down several times before, but for two days this bloodshed has went out of control. Three students at least have been hospitalized with serious injuries. This exposes what sort of lies the minister of education is spreading in the press about freedoms on campuses." UPDATE: Here's also a report from the Socialist Students' blog. UPDATE: Protests at Helwan University after security banned MB candidates from running.
The Center for Socialist Studies will hold a seminar on Discrimination against Copts in Egypt, Friday 3 November.
The First Session, 1pm to 2:30 pm: The Roots of the Problem
The session will try to situate the historical roles of the parties involved, the Egyptian state, Coptic Church, and the Coptic masses, within the socio-economic and political contexts. The session will try to answer questions including: Did the rise of political Islam trigger a sectarian polarization? Is the state a neutral arbitrator or part of the problem? Is the Coptic Church confronting the current status quo, or reinforcing it?
The Second Session, 3pm to 4:30pm, The Stand towards the Coptic Question:
This session will shed light on the class factors and stands of different political tendencies towards the Coptic Question and the alternatives for emancipation. The role of the Diaspora Copts will be discussed, together with questions regarding: Is the Secular State a solution? How do the Muslim Brothers deal with the concept of "citizenship"?
The Third Session, 5pm to 6:30pm, Developing a Leftist View of the Coptic Question
The Seminar will be attended by representatives of different political tendencies. The Center is located 7 Mourad Street, Giza.
(Above: Security agents breaking the leg of a Coptic protestor, during Alexandria's sectarian rioting last April. Photo by Nasser Nouri)
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