07 February, 2009

Police crackdown on Gaza solidarity march

Documentary film-maker and writer Philip Rizk was kidnapped by state security today, after 15 people including Egyptian and foreign activists and journalists were detained during a solidarity march to Gaza. Everyone except Rizk was released after 4 hours by the roadside. He was taken to the police station in Abu Sa3bel, where he was held two hours until state security officers from Cairo arrived and smuggled him out through a back door, taking him to an unknown location. Two activists were almost run over as they tried to prevent the car from leaving.

A demonstration will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 12.00 noon at the public prosecutors office, Cairo High Court, to protest the illegal detention.
Update: Photos from protest here. Philip still detained, prosecutor say it's "90% certain" that he is being held at state security HQ in Cairo. More later.

1 comment:

  1. hello. I'm a good friend of Phil's...myself and some others have started a facebook group to spread information and awareness. I would love to use this photo of phil, but wanted to make sure it was alright before i did...would you let me know if its okay? rachelostey@gmail.com

    Thanks a lot