Montrealers March in Solidarity with Egyptian Freedom Movement

Tariq Jeeroburkhan

February 5, 2011 – Montrealers took to the streets to celebrate the changing of the seasons locally, and also in terms of the old-empire dynamics which have restrained humanity for so long.

Feb 5, 2011

Montrealers in the streets

The mild temperatures coupled with the bright sunshine created an atmosphere perfectly scripted for the world to turn the page on its long, bleak winter.

Over 500 chanting, composed and determined demonstrators began the march at Dorchester Square, in the heart of Montreal. Such an action and turnout can be credited to the tireless work of organizers united across various struggles who spread the word for this turnout. The issue of a foriegn-imposed agenda of oppression is at the core of many of these struggles and that is what many groups and individuals have realized. This is a realization that brought people into the streets today as well as to the daily vigils that are held in solidarity with the Egyptian people at the consulate in Montreal.

With such a bright day looming ahead and Montrealers abound and eager to get out of their winter blues, the march, which headed straight down St.Catherine street in the heart of the city, had blossomed to over a thousand strong by the time it reached the Egyptian consulate.

Member of the Provincial Assembly, Amir Khadr, addressed the crowd at the outset, as did representatives from across the political and community spectrum, being as much inspired by the vivacious crowd as being inspiration themselves.

After 30 plus years of a foriegn-sponsored dictatorship in Egypt ( the Egyptian military receives 1.1 billion dollars annually from the United States) the sleeping giant of the Arab world, Egypt has been awoken by its people and has begun to demand the same rights and democracy in their country as the United States claimed to be fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hosni Mubarak, the head of the Egyptian pontificate, “has oppressed the Egyptian people for over 30 years,” according to one demonstrator, “and the Egyptian people want him out!”

“There is a people power movement growing across the Arab world – Algeria, Tunisia, now Egypt – and the people won’t stop until they reach Gaza and end the blockade imposed by Apartheid Israel, only enforceable because Egypt blocks aid from reaching the Palestinian people through its shared border.”

Other demonstrators were just as adamant that the “People Power” movement, which was an overriding theme of the afternoon, must also reach the Kingdoms in the Arab world, such as Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps the high-point of the afternoon was a spontaneous, thousand-voiced rendition of the Egyptian national anthem as the demonstrators approached the consulate.

The next demonstration and march in support of the Egyptian people will take place February 12, 2011 at 2pm and will start at Dorchester Square, the corner of Peel and Rene Levesque. There are daily vigils held in front of the Egyptian consulate, located at 1000 De la Gauchitiere West, every week day from 5pm until 6pm.

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