SM Fasiullah for BeyondHeadlines
Pressure seems to mount on the new Egyptian government backed by its military as France along with thousands of pro-Morsi supports and democracy-likers across the world have demanded democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi be freed.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and a high-level African Union mission also met President Morsi, who has been in secret detention since military ousted him a month ago. They reportedly had discussions with Morsi, and Ms. Ashton also told press that he’s doing well.
Egypt Solidarity Forum (ESF), an umbrellas organization of students and political groups in India, has come in support of the ousted president and staged a protest at the Egyptian embassy in New Delhi against military coup and killings of civilians by security forces in Egypt.
Despite a scuffle with Delhi police, hard-nosed protestors succeeded in staging a sit in at the embassy. They expressed their discontent and anger against the military rule in Egypt.
ESF Convener Omair Anas, who led the protest, has expressed his concern on India’s silence over military coup and consequent military sponsored violence in Egypt.
Mr. Anas said that “military coup in Egypt is a huge blow for entire Arab region where American hegemony is major decisive factor”.
General Secretary of Welfare Party of India (WPI) told that the Government of India’s silence over the critical situation in Egypt is against the country’s long-term interests in that Arab region.
“Israeli and Americans are secretly playing games behind the curtain of this coup,” he believed.
The protest was joined by representatives of Forum for Students’ Democracy, Democratic Students Union, Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) and Campus Front.
The speakers at the demonstration spoke out against the military coup and expressed their solidarity with anti-coup protesters in Egypt.
They asked why the Indian government, which host President Mohammad Morsi few months ago, has “completely disowned” him following his ouster by military coup, and not showing concern for his fundamental rights as an Egyptian citizen.
Mr. Anas thanked all participants and organizations for their active support in staging a peaceful demonstration. He also thanked media persons and Delhi police for their cooperation.