Egyptian authorities trying to stop Gaza march, organisers defiant

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 May 2011

Pro-Palestinian convoy to Gaza defies Egypt's security pressures to cancel march, rearranging transport when their chartered bus company was ordered to back out and despite probabilities of a clash in the peninsula

The tourism company that was supposed to provide anti-Israel demonstrators with busses ‎‎heading to Rafah crossing from Cairo has backed out of its deal pursuant to orders ‎‎from Egyptian authorities, but the march to Gaza will take place as planned after the ‎organisers secured other busses. ‎
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Halim Heniesh, member of the Coordination Committee for Supporting the Palestinian ‎‎Cause, says he was informed of the trip’s cancellation late last night and did not have ‎‎enough time to book another trip, implying that the march would be called off. ‎
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However, the committee managed to find other means of transportation at ‎very short notice. ‎

It’s understood that 18 busses should transport around 900 protesters to the Rafah border crossing.‎

Egyptian authorities have blocked access to the Sinai Peninsula to prevent a march from ‎‎Cairo to Gaza, an AFP correspondent in Sinai said yesterday.‎

The march was due to leave from Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest the Israeli occupation of ‎‎Palestinian land and call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the release of all ‎‎Palestinian prisoners.‎

‎"Peace Bridge," one of the main access routes to Sinai from mainland Egypt, has been ‎‎closed to all but residents of the peninsula.‎

The army also stepped up security around the peninsula, according to a security official.‎

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