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February 12: 'Day of Solidarity and Defiance'- Mass Rallies Supporting Peaceful Protestors in Egypt and the Wider Region

    February 09, 2011

    Rallies are being held across at least 30 cities in 12 countries.


    On Saturday 12 February Amnesty International will be part of a rally being held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa between 1- 3 p.m supporting peaceful protestors in Egypt and in the wider region. Alex Neve, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada will speak at the event.

     They will be joining thousands of Amnesty International supporters, Egyptian activists, trade unionists, students and others on 12 February at rallies in at least 30 cities across the world to mark a “Global Day of Action” in solidarity with protestors in Egypt and the wider Middle East and North Africa region who are demanding greater human rights.

    Protests will be held in cities across Australia, Benin, Canada, Germany, France, Mali, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, the USA and others. Demonstrators have been asked to wear red, black or white (the colours of the Egyptian flag) clothing and face paint.

    Amnesty International is participating in rallies supported by the International Trade Unions Congress, Human Rights Watch, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network and the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists among others.

    In London, which is expected to see the largest demonstration, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary-General will address protesters in Trafalgar Square, where a large screen will provide a TV link-up with protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.

    Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary-General said:

    “We are gathering in Trafalgar Square and public places like this around the world to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Egypt and those across the region who are standing up for their human rights.

    “Their demand and ours is for an end to repression and for fundamental human rights reforms so that all people can live in dignity. We stand in solidarity with the protesters and we stand in defiance against those who oppose human rights change.

    "We want the people of Egypt to know that while governments outside Egypt may be wavering in their support for change, the people's movements are not.”

    In recognition of the part played by social media activists in the protests, people who cannot be present at the event are being asked to upload solidarity images to http://amn.st/feb12global.

    The event is being communicated on social media via the hashtag #feb12Global.


     

    John Tackaberry,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    613-744-7667, ext 236

    613-853-2142 (cell)

    Amnesty International’s Press Office can be contacted on +44 20 7413 5577 or (out of hours) on + 44 7778 472 126

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