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article imageDozens of activists injured during riot in Egypt

By Andrew Moran     Jan 5, 2010 in World
Over 55 activists from Viva Palestina were injured in a clash between Egyption riot police. British Member of Parliament George Galloway was involved in the demonstration but was not hurt.
During a protest in Egypt on Wednesday, approximately 55 activists involved with the group Viva Palestina were injured in a clash with the country’s riot police at the port of El-Arish, according to Sky News. The violence began when Egypt would not allow 59 humanitarian assistance trucks to enter Gaza.
Kevin Ovenden, a convoy leader, issued a message on the Viva Palestina website stating that the demonstrations and their situation have reached a “crisis point.”
Press TV reports that Turkish lawmakers and British MP George Galloway, one of the leaders of Viva Palestina, discussed the situation with Egypt to convince them of allowing the trucks to enter Gaza.
Galloway stated, “Together with myself and other leaders of the convoy we were in negotiations with the Egyptian authorities about their determination to remove more than 55 of our vehicles and send them to the Israeli checkpoint. We refused this because it is a breach of the agreement we reached in Akabar between the government of Egypt and the Turkish side and it completely unconscionable that 25% of our convoy should go to Israel and never arrive in Gaza.” The controversial MP concluded that anything that ever goes to Israel never gets through to Gaza.
The convoy included over 200 vehicles, all of which contained basic food items and medical supplies and hundreds of volunteers.
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