- January 17, 2008
Egyptian Public Opinion Denounces Bush’s Egypt Stop
US President George Bush arrived in Egypt on Wednesday Jan, 16th, 2008 in the last stop of his Middle East tour that. Although the meeting between both Egyptian and US presidents was brief, the Egyptian public opinion declared, throughout the past few days, his full rejection to this visit.
All sections of the Egyptian society voiced their rejections to this visit. Vigils and demonstrations were held against this visit in governorates that included Cairo , Alexandria and Kafr Al-Sheikh in which statements were issued to declare the Egyptian people”s rejecting to the US administration”s policy, the latest of which was the Press Syndicate”s demonstration in front of the US embassy in Cairo by on the day of Bush”s visit to Egypt .
Egyptian political powers held several vigils in Alexandria in front of the branch of the bar association and in front of the liberal Wafd Party. These powers included a number of representatives of parties in Alexandria and various professional syndicates plus popular movements like Kifaya Movement, Egyptians against Torture and Engineers against Sequestration.
The Alexandria branch of the bar association issued statement in which it said:” No welcome to guards of chaos who violate human rights, those who spread the policy of torture everywhere to violate sanctities and spread the law of the jungle”.
In the southern governorate of Kafr El Sheikh, the branch of the Doctors” Syndicate and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) parliamentary bloc organized a large public conference on Tuesday entitled “No to Bush”s visit, no to blockade of Gaza”, that included the deputy of the bar association, a number of intellectuals and the MB members of parliament.
MB members of parliament took par also in a public conference organized by MPs of all political powers in front of the People”s Assembly, the lower chamber of parliament, to declare their full rejection to Bush”s visit.
The parliamentarians issued a statement in which they demanded the Egyptian government respond to the Egyptian public opinion and refuse Bush”s visit to Egypt , especially after statements of Egyptian Foreign Minister in which he expected that this visit will yield nothing. They said also that allowing this visit is against the will of the Arab and Egyptian public opinion.
Plus their condemnation to Bush”s statements about racism and protecting Israel”s security and incitement to displacing the Palestinians, the Egyptian statements stressed that Bush”s visit aim to not only raising his collapsing public rating inside the United States through gaining a progress at the expense of the Arab Nation, he aims also to implement the New Middle East scheme through calling for fragmenting national entities and feeding sectarian and ethnic divisions.
Other protests and vigils included the public conference held in the House of Wisdom in Cairo under supervision of the pharmacists syndicate, and a demonstration that included more than 400 Egyptian activists in front of the Press Syndicate to declare their rejection to the US administration”s and condemnation to the current Egyptian regime.
Ahmed Saif Al-Islam Hassan Al Banna, the Secretary-General of the Egyptian Bar Association said:” It is a sad day in the Egyptian history to allow Bush to arrive in Egyptian soil”, during a protest in front of the bar association where demonstrators held signs reading” Dismiss Bush the killer”.