Saturday, November 19, 2011

'OWS' to send observers for Egypt’s elections

Ahram Online
Occupy Wall Street to send observers for Egypt’s elections

Saturday 12 Nov 2011

Nada Hussein Rashwan

The Occupy Wall Street movement has approved sending 20 observers to monitor Egypt's upcoming parliamentary ‎elections

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) New York City General Assembly posted on its Twitter account Friday that the movement would fund sending 20 observers to monitor Egypt’s upcoming parliament elections.

The proposal presented to the OWS General Assembly on 10 November to send monitors to Egypt states that it is “in response to a request sent by Egyptian civil society groups to send a delegation of OWS ambassadors to serve as international observers in the 28 November parliamentary elections.”

“These actions will serve as a powerful symbol of solidarity in support of civil society groups who contributed to the January 25 Revolution. OWS’s participation will also work to protect and support the civilian monitoring efforts of Egyptian activists on the ground, [and it] constitutes a concrete stand against the use of American weapons against peaceful demonstrators,” the draft proposal reads, budgeted at $29,000.

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