Written by Amira Al Hussaini
Originally posted by Global Voices (English) at http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/05/17/egypt-online-campaigns-to-release-arrested-protesters-underway/
Egyptian cyber activists went back to their keyboards to demand the release of protesters and by standers arrested on Sunday for being at a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo to commemorate the Nakba (Day of Catastrophe as it is known in the Arab world) which marks the day the State of Israel was created in 1948.
Numerous blog posts, Facebook pages and Twitter hastags have sprung calling on the military to release the detainees. Ahram Online announced that the military prosecutor has released 17 protesters “due to their young age and schooling situation” and detained 119.
Blogger and Twitter user Tarek Shalaby was among those arrested. One of the last tweets Tarek posted before his arrest was:
Shit! We've been ambushed! Army coming from other side. Ran into side street…
A Free Tarek Shalaby page has been set up on Facebook.
The information on the page reads:
Tarek Shalaby was detained by the Egyptian Army last night for protesting in front of the Israeli Embassy in Giza. He was taken along with tens of other people, and we are still trying to find out his whereabouts! Please join this page to help support his release from Military custody in Egypt!!
Twitter user Mosa'ab ElShamy was also arrested. This Free Mosa'ab ElShamy pagewas set up for him on Facebook, and it reads:
Mosa'ab (@mosaaberizing), young activist who participated in the Jan25 revolution, was also taken last night by security forces at the Israeli embassy in Cairo along with Tarek Shalaby.
His tweep Kuwaiti Mona Kareem writes a touching tribute in honour of her detained friend and calls for his release in a post entitled Bring My Friend Back:
It hurts me so bad when I think that this 20 year old friend of mine got caught and might face the militant court. Some have already been there, it is inhumane, and some have been sentenced to years in prison for speaking out or for being in a protest. Egypt had a revolution but the army cannot understand that; the army is a machine good in killing, arresting, and punishing. The army does not see youth, hope, dreams, and memories in those men and women they arrest, they do not appreciate their courage giving up what people of their age should live, just to build a better place for the coming generations, who most probably will deal with jan25 as a boring subject, just the way we dealt with our fathers and mothers’ revolutionary memories as boring and superficial.
We are all Mahmood Al Sadati is a page set up on Facebook for Mahmood, who was also detained during the clashes outside the Israeli Embassy. The page administrator writes:
On Facebook, another page calling for freeing 17-year-old Omar Hani Farouk Albstawisy has been formed.
His uncle Hesham writes:
Blogger Rowan El Shimi posts a testimonial (Ar) written by video journalist Mohamed Effat, who was with those arrested from in front of the Israeli Embassy.
In his harrowing testimonial on how the protesters were arrested, Effat explains: