Europe: Protests against Mubarak (continued)

Europe: Protests against Mubarak (continued)

(protesters in Paris)

There are various protests in Europe, but they're generally very small, with just a few hundred people at most.

Denmark - 250 people protested in front of the Egyptian embassy in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Finland (via YLE)

Egyptians living in Finland turned out in downtown Helsinki Saturday to show solidarity for protesters in their homeland.

The protest action began in front of the Egyptian Embassy in the Kaivopuisto area, before progressing to the Finnish Parliament and the Central Railway Station.


Egyptian doctor Ahmed Geneid was present during the peaceful protest, in which a few dozen Egyptians participated. He said he was thrilled by the idea that Mubarak would finally step down.

"He's been there for thirty years, and we don't have freedom or democracy. Unemployment has risen and the government has become corrupt, so the only solution is for Mubarak to go," he declared.

Geneid says he hopes to see a time after Mubarak, which would bring freedom and democracy.
Sweden (via the Local):

Egyptians in Sweden are planning to gather in Sergels Torg in central Stockholm on Friday evening in support of the protesters taking to the streets back home.

“We put the word out via Facebook to Egyptians in Sweden. We’ve been communicating actively since the protests started in Egypt,” Kholoud Saad, and Egyptian living in Gävle in eastern Sweden, told The Local.

Saad has been living and working in Sweden since July of 2010, but has been following events in her home country carefully. She described the current protests as a “revolution”.

“It’s Muslims, Christians, moderates, liberals…Egyptians of all kinds who are fighting for their freedoms,” she said.

“We’re not going to stop until we established democratic reforms and get a government that represents the people and not their own agenda.”

Malta (via the Times of Malta):
Egyptians in Malta are urging the media to shed light on the riots at home, after media communications, including mobile phone lines, were blacked out by the Egyptian government yesterday.

Two Egyptian men voiced their concern about the fact that their government was cutting down communications.

One of them, 38-year-old Yasser Emam, from a village just outside Cairo, said he was worried about his family in Egypt, especially his wife and six-year old son.

He said he tried calling his wife yesterday but the mobile network had been cut off. It was probably only a matter of time, he said, until the fixed lines were disabled.

“I told her not to go out, not to join in the protests. I’m worried about them. If I were there, however, I would urge them to go out with me,” he said.

Netherlands - About 60 people demonstrated against Mubarak Sunday in the Hague.

France (via RFI):

French police on Saturday evening rounded up protesters who were demonstrating in Paris against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and put them on buses. Witnesses were told they were not allowed to film.

“A group of about 100 people were being penned in by a large number of police in full riot gear,” said witness Peter Cross. “Every time they tried to raise a chant, the police would squeeze people so they couldn’t.”

There were five or six police vans at Place des Ternes. The protesters were taken one by one to a police bus.

“There were men in tears,” said Cross.

Some 60 people were arrested at Place des Ternes and another 60 on the Champs-Elysées at the end of the demonstration for identity checks, according to police.

See here for more about the anti-Mubarak protests in Europe.