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Syrian female artists to start hunger strike at Arab League in Cairo Tuesday

Female poets, writers and artists from Syria will begin a hunger strike in front of the Arab League headquarters on Tuesday evening

Ahram Online, Tuesday 4 Sep 2012
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A group of female Syrian artists, writers and poets will begin a hunger strike in front of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday evening.

Syrian poets Lina El-Tabeeby and Rasha Omran, artist Louise Abdel-Kerim, and activists Salma Gazayerly and Rola El-Kheshn will take part in the hunger strike, according to the Al-Ahram Arabic news website

The strike aims to put pressure on the Arab League to provide more support for the Syrian revolutionaries and to pressure the Assad regime to halt human rights abuses.

Similar initiatives are being carried out by Syrians living in other countries, El-Tabeeby added.

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E Robert Dickson
05-09-2012 02:48am
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Again? Syrian Artists
Why is so little attention given in the media to those involved in the Hunger Strike against a brutal regime that appears to resort to violent repression against not only their own people but in violation of standards set forth in the United Nations resolutions to bring about world peace? I see the same power play at work here in the USA re. Sister Megan Rice who heroically brought attention to the use of nuclear weapons to influence the course of dialogue between the haves and the haves not nations. I am so distressed following WWII that most grievances and mistrust engendered by this terrible 20th century conflict would be resolved across a common table of dialogue and mutual respect regardless of historical culture, language and racial lines.
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