Feb 5 2011
These signs are meant for Egypt but we’ve seen Muslims in the streets of London making the same demands of the British Government.
Each photo in this series from the Egyption embassy protest is followed by similar sign seen at frequent Muslim protests against the UK Government.
UK DAILY MAIL — Protesters waving placards calling for Islamic law to be imposed in Egypt have demonstrated outside the country’s embassy in London. For several days, a peaceful protest has seen hundreds of ex-patriots and supporters of regime change mass outside the embassy in the centre of the capital.
Today, brandishing signs such as ‘democracy will bring oppression’ and ‘Islam is the solution for Egypt’, women in burkas were joined by men in traditional dress for a rally calling for sharia law to be imposed.
Behind barricades, holding flags aloft, they faced a line of uniformed police in the quiet streets of central London, far from the chaos ofTahrir – Liberation – Square in Cairo. The demonstrations – in varying numbers – have been going on for several days, as crisis has engulfed Egypt and claimed the scalp of President Hosni Mubarak.
The previously peaceful protests in Cairo turned violent once the long-time head of state announced his intention to stand down at the next election, with his supporters clashing with those who want the 82-year-old to step aside immediately.
‘You don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now,’ Mubarak said he told President Barack Obama. He warned in an interview with ABC News that chaos would ensue.
The upsurge in violence led Europe’s leaders to deliver a warning to the Egyptian authorities today to answer their people with ‘political reform, not repression’.The statement agreed at a Brussels EU summit stopped short of calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
Instead it challenged the regime to honour the terms of a £150 million-a-year EU ‘Association Agreement’, under which Egypt is committed to push through political and economic reforms in return for trade concessions and financial aid.
The EU statement came as Barack Obama’s administration said it was in talks with Egyptian officials about the possibility of Mubarak resigning straight away, and the formation of an interim government before free and fair elections later this year.
The text urged the Egyptian authorities ‘to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with political reform, not repression’. The UK government has complained to Egypt after Vodafone Group Plc was ordered to send text messages seen to instigate violence as demonstrators demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based media watchdog, said it had recorded 24 detentions of journalists, 21 assaults and five cases in which equipment was detained over a 24-hour period.
European leaders have urged Egyptian authorities to protect reporters covering the country’s crisis. The call came as a Swedish TV journalist was reported to be in a serious condition after being stabbed.