Family, friends and supporters celebrated the news that London emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker and activist John Greyson were freed on Saturday from the Cairo prison where they have been held without charge since Aug 16. The Canadian government shared a statement upon their release, indicating that they were facilitating the departure of the two from Egypt.
The support campaign for John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, two Canadians unjustly detained by the coup regime in Egypt for over 40 days, has released a statement from the two men explaining the events leading up to their arrest, detention and abuse by Egyptian authorities. To follow updates on the campaign visit the website created by friends and family: http://tarekandjohn.com/
Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.
Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.
After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.
The following press release was issued yesterday by supporters of the immediate release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, two Canadians who have been jailed for over a month in Egypt.
Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani, have informed friends and supporters through their Egyptian lawyers that they will be refusing food beginning September the 16 to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention by Egyptian authorities.
"I told you so!" These were the exact words of Ayman al-Zawahiri, first-in-command of al-Qaeda, to the Egyptian people after the July military coup by General al-Sisi that dashed "Arab Awakening" hopes. His message seems to be resonating with a younger generation of Egyptians who saw their votes being taken away by the military junta.
Himself an Egyptian, Ayman al-Zawahiri had always lectured the Arabs and those who were willing to listen to him about being careful not to fall into the trap of the "western democratic game." His tactics worked well in Afghanistan, in Chechnya, in Algeria… where many young men took up arms and went to defend their countries against western invasion and the "evil democratization" that it brings with it.
Members of the Toronto International Film Festival community came together Tuesday morning to call for the immediate release of award-winning filmmaker John Greyson and emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani.
The two Canadians were traveling to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza when they were detained in a Cairo prison and where they've been held without formal charges since August 16.
Loubani, who is an Assistant professor at the School of Medicine at Western University, was to teach critical care procedures to doctors and hospital staff. Greyson was invited to film Loubani's work at the hospital. Their arrest came after they asked for directions back to their hotel at a police station.
Before President Mohamad Morsi had barely warmed his seat as head of state, demonstrations prompted Egypt's military to remove him from office. After one year, the country's first democratically elected president was now held at an undisclosed location. It was the only way, the military argued, that Egypt could be saved from political polarization and violence; the only way the country could restore democracy and avoid descending into chaos. But what has occurred over the last two months of military rule has been nothing short of chaotic.
Aerial bombings, tanks in the streets, widespread terrorizing of civilians by soldiers and secret police: this was the horror unleashed on September 11, 1973 by the military coup d’état in Chile. Led by Augusto Pinochet and other generals with U.S. backing, the coup overthrew President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Popular Unity government, and brought in a brutal military dictatorship that lasted for 17 years.
Canada's official attitude towards the coup might be politely called 'ambivalent.' Some Canadian banks and mining interests openly supported the military take-over as a good investment opportunity. Our ambassador to Chile's rather sympathetic attitude toward the generals led to a rapid recognition of the military junta.