By Andrew Gimber
This coming Thursday, 6 November 2008 marks the completion of Kareem Amer‘s second year in prison. Kareem is a 24-year-old Egyptian student imprisoned for a total of four years for the simple act of expressing his opinions on his blog. His alleged “crimes” were: “defaming Egypt’s President, incitement to hate Islam, and highlighting inappropriate aspects that harm the reputation of Egypt.” While in prison, Kareem has been confined to his cell, denied access to visitors, had his books confiscated, and suffered beatings at the hands of other inmates and prison guards.
Protests against Kareem’s continued imprisonment will be held in several cities around the world. There are currently eight cities confirmed and four others being considered (updates will be posted to the Free Kareem blog). Anyone who cares about freedom of speech and religion should try and attend one of the protests if they can.
The London protest will begin at 14:00 outside the Egyptian Embassy at 26 South Street, W1K 1DW. At 14:40, we will make the 20-minute walk down to the Egyptian Consulate at 2 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9ET. This is where people come to collect their visas, so hopefully by protesting there we will draw wider attention to Kareem’s cause. Visa collections end at 16:00, after which we will head back to the Embassy to continue our demonstration and submit a petition for Kareem’s immediate release.
For more information on English PEN’s Honorary Member Kareem Amer, please click here.
For more information on international rallies and Kareem’s case in general, please see www.freekareem.org
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Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/egyptfreekareemrallyinlondon/