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Pictures from today’s protest (08/07/2013) in front of the Egyptian embassy in London in response to the massacre of innocent civilians by the army earlier today.

All credit: Paul Davey for Demotix

The pictures you see above are from a protest that was held yesterday (07/07/2013) in front of the Egyptian embassy in London in support of democracy and calling for an end to to military rule in Egypt. 

People claiming this picture is in Taksim. LOL. 

That building in the back is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square i.e. not in Taksim. Nonetheless, the flag that guy is holding up with the picture of Ataturk is really indicative of the kind of groups participating in these protests and their viciously secular political orientation.

London sights

Usain Bolt won the 100m in an Olympic record time of 9.63sec.

Photograph by: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Just wow.

To the Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC):
For the record, Michael Phelps, the American swimmer has just won his 19th Olympic Medal.
That’s what a 27 year-old guy is capable of doing for himself and his country with the proper support that he needs.
For the record too, and at the same time as Phelps, Alaaeldin Abouelkassem the Egyptian Fencing Champion won his first ever Olympic medal for his country with zero support and minimal funds. He overcame all the difficulties and made history winning a silver medal for Egypt. But what if he and the rest of our Olympic team had received the required support? When will we stop wondering about “what if”s?!
الى اللجنة الأوليمبية المصرية
مايكل فيلبس السباح الأمريكى حصل على ميداليته الأوليمبية رقم ١٩ وهذا مايستطيع ان يقدمه شاب فى سن ال ٢٧ من عمره لنفسه ولبلده فقط اذا حصل على الدعم المطلوب
وفى نفس الوقت فاز اللاعب المصري لاعب المبارزة على ميداليته الأوليمبية الاولى لبلده. الدعم الذى حصل عليه صفر و الدعم المادى شبه منعدم. لقد تغلب البطل المصرى على كل الصعاب وكتب اسمه واسم بلده فى صحف التاريخ بفوزه بميدالية فضية لمصر. لكن ماذا لو كان قد حصل هو و باقي اعضاء البعثة على الدعم المناسب ؟؟ متى نكف عن التمني وقول “ماذا لو” ؟؟
(via Olympic Egypt)

To the Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC):

For the record, Michael Phelps, the American swimmer has just won his 19th Olympic Medal.

That’s what a 27 year-old guy is capable of doing for himself and his country with the proper support that he needs.

For the record too, and at the same time as Phelps, Alaaeldin Abouelkassem the Egyptian Fencing Champion won his first ever Olympic medal for his country with zero support and minimal funds. He overcame all the difficulties and made history winning a silver medal for Egypt. But what if he and the rest of our Olympic team had received the required support? When will we stop wondering about “what if”s?!

الى اللجنة الأوليمبية المصرية

مايكل فيلبس السباح الأمريكى حصل على ميداليته الأوليمبية رقم ١٩ وهذا مايستطيع ان يقدمه شاب فى سن ال ٢٧ من عمره لنفسه ولبلده فقط اذا حصل على الدعم المطلوب

وفى نفس الوقت فاز اللاعب المصري لاعب المبارزة على ميداليته الأوليمبية الاولى لبلده. الدعم الذى حصل عليه صفر و الدعم المادى شبه منعدم. لقد تغلب البطل المصرى على كل الصعاب وكتب اسمه واسم بلده فى صحف التاريخ بفوزه بميدالية فضية لمصر. لكن ماذا لو كان قد حصل هو و باقي اعضاء البعثة على الدعم المناسب ؟؟ متى نكف عن التمني وقول “ماذا لو” ؟؟

(via Olympic Egypt)

  • Egyptian Fencer Abouelkassem wins silver medal in the Men’s Individual Foil Fencing Finals:

LONDON: Egypt clinched its first London Games medal on Tuesday, Egyptian fencer Alaaeldin Abouelkassem winning the silver after a narrow 15-13 defeat by China’s Sheng Leii in the final of the men’s individual foil.

Abouelkassem, who had to carry on with an injury after hurting his arm in the first period, gave Egypt its first medal since Judoka Hesham Mesbah won the bronze four years ago in Beijing. It is also Africa’s first fencing medal in history.

He came within a whisker of clinching gold after leading 13-11 in the third period but Leii roared back to emerge the winner in a tough contest.

Earlier in the day, Abouelkassem from Egyptian coastal city Alexandria reached the final following a 15-12 victory over South Korea’s Byungchul Choi. He also overcame former world champions Peter Joppich of Germany and world number one Andrea Cassara of Italy en route to the final.

It is Egypt’s first silver medal since Judoka Mohamed Rashwan’s triumph in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. It is also the country’s 25th Olympic medal in history.

The 21-year-old has broken into the top 10 on the Federation International d’Escrime point rankings in the last two seasons.

Eighth in the world, he did come tantalizingly close to a semi-final in the 2010 Paris world championships where he took sixth.

Abouelkassem trained in Alexandria before the London Games opened instead of Cairo as the capital was in political upheaval in the wake of the Arab Spring which led to the ousting of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 after 30 years in power.

Brother from another mother has made Egypt proud today - thank you for the skill, the perseverance, the hope and the sheer inspiration that you’ve brought to this game <3

The Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem is through to the final after beating South Korea&#8217;s Byungchul Choi by 15 points to 10 in the Men&#8217;s Individual Foil Fencing semi-finals!

The Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem is through to the final after beating South Korea’s Byungchul Choi by 15 points to 10 in the Men’s Individual Foil Fencing semi-finals!

thebengalcat:

Egypt’s fencer Eman Gaber trains in the ExCeL center at the London 2012 Olympics, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP)

She didn’t qualify but kudos to my home gyal for making it so far <3

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South Korea’s Lam Shin reacts after being defeated by Germany’s Britta Heidemann during their women’s epee individual fencing semi-final fencing. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

So what’s your opinion regarding  fencing semi-finals | Shin A Lam vs. Britta Heidemann?

Personally, that was hands down THE most dramatic semi-final that I’ve ever seen. Really feel it for the South Korean but you’ve got to give it to the German as well for keeping her composure throughout the whole dispute and to then go and compete again for the gold medal in the final match although she should’ve never qualified for the final in the first place. A serious technical issue with the timing was made which cost Shin a place in the finals and ultimately a medal placing and that in my view was extremely unfair.

A head’s up for those who don’t have a clue as to what I am talking about; you can find out more here. ?

In a country where unemployment is 8.1 per cent - that’s 2.6 million out of work - and the central government has made massive spending cuts, including the closure of public libraries and swimming pools and cuts in services for the elderly and people with disabilities, it’s worth asking whether the £9.3bn ($14.4bn) of our money used to host London 2012 could have been better spent elsewhere.
Rajeshree Sisodia questioning the long-term benefits of the London 2012 Olympic Games after the UK governments’ claims that the Olympics will be a boon for the economy. 

Spotted on the tube in London. Fingers crossed this is just a joke!

via @MegFitz

maybeyourcupoftea:

What struck me most during the #Syria martyrs gallery in #London was the way the British police came and began reading the stories, and calling each other to see a particular story that was “heart breaking” - just looking at that, and comparing to the police of Syria involved in skinning humans, drilling children and raping women…it left me speechless


Syria deserves to be a beautiful prosperous country..and that is what we will make of it..Bashar Al-Assad has destroyed one of the most ancient countries in the world, a country full of history and the kindest of people..

 

Free Syria ♥ 

maybeyourcupoftea was one of the amazing organisers of the event. It was, to simply put it, brilliant, you did a fantastic job, thank you <3 

Click here to see more pictures from the event.

This video was shot at an event that I attended called the Martyrs Gallery & Candlelight vigil for Syria in Trafalgar Square, London on the 12thDecember, 2011.  It was a very emotional evening, the pictures and stories of some of the martyrs all laid out, people walking silently through them, looking, whispering, crying…it really hit home, each name, each story, each picture.

A few stories to share from this event: 

1) A woman who attended the vigil today saw a photo on the stand of her brother and broke down crying. She had also lost family members during the massacre that was committed in the 1980s in Hama by Bashar Al-Assad’s father, Hafez and his brother.

2) Another older lady whom we attempted to talk to brushed us aside, but she stopped, read the boards and came back pleading ”I am so sorry for being so ignorant, what you have done is beautiful”

3) An older French gentleman passing by Trafalgar square stopped by our martyrs gallery and started crying. He made a lot of people around him cry too.

4) A young man walked by, stopped by one of the boards and asked us if we could take a picture of him next to it. “Why?” we asked afterwards. He looked at us and then looked down at the board and pointed at the picture “I knew him” he said “he was my friend” 

Thank you to all the amazing organisers, you did a fantastic job, the martyrs rahmatu allah alayhum, would’ve been proud, I am sure. Thank you for keeping their spirits alive, we will never forget.

Click here to see more pictures from the event.