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Sunday march to mark anniversary of Israeli Embassy clashes

Egyptian activists organise march to commemorate last year's Israel Embassy clashes that followed the killing of five Egyptian border guards by Israeli forces

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Sep 2012
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File photo: Protestors at Israel embassy in Cairo on 9 September 2011 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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A march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli Embassy clashes will take place on Sunday at 5pm in downtown Cairo.

Protesters stormed the building housing the Israeli Embassy in Giza and tore down one of the outer embassy walls on 9 September 2011 in anger at the killing of five Egyptian border guards by Israeli troops.

Dozens of protesters were arrested for attempting to break into the embassy and the nearby Giza security directorate building.

In August 2012, 75 protesters arrested at the scene received one-year suspended sentences for attacking a diplomatic mission and "sabotage," while one defendant was given a five-year prison sentence in absentia.

Sunday’s march will begin in Cairo’s Talaat Harb Square at 5pm and finish at the Journalists’ Syndicate with a press conference.

The marchers would also be calling for a review of the Camp David peace treaty with Israel, Ayman Amer, coordinator of the General Coalition of the 25 January Revolution, said.

According to Ayman El-Raqb of the Gathering of the Arab Spring, last year’s protest reflected the people’s opposition to the presence of an Israeli Embassy on Egyptian soil.

A number of important documents recovered from inside the embassy building during the clashes would be revealed at Sunday’s press conference, according to Mohamed Mahmoud of the Federation of the Egyptian Revolution.

Groups set to take part in the march include the April 6 Youth Movement, the Revolutionary Youth Union, the General Coalition for the 25 January Revolution, the Hazemoon movement (supporters of former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail), the Revolutionary Front for the Protection of the Revolution, in addition to a number of other groups.

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