Across the Bay

Monday, May 08, 2006

Egyptian Blogger Arrested

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey reports that fellow Egyptian blogger and democracy activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, has been arrested along with several others (their names are here) while participating in a rally in solidarity with Egyptian judges and other detainees.

Sandmonkey has called for action on behalf of Alaa and the detainees. Several bloggers are publicizing this case, including Ammar, Mustapha (who is designing banners for Alaa), Abu Kais, The Lebanese Bloggers, and Big Pharaoh (who provides contact information to Egyptian embassies in the US and elsewhere as well as another banner), to name but a few. Sandmonkey also provides other relevant contact information and updates us on the situation so far.

If you are a blogger, or if you're interested in civil liberties and free speech (the lack of which counts for two of the primary maladies in the ME), please help publicize this matter.

Update: Alaa's wife and fellow blooger Manal informs us that "Activists in the U.S . will picket the Egyptian embassy and consulates in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and San Francisco on Tuesday, May 9 at 12:30PM (local times) demanding the immediate release of all jailed pro-democracy protesters arrested from April 24–27, 2006, in Cairo."

If you're able to participate, please do.