Egyptians march from Tahrir Square to support Occupy Oakland protestors

As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.

Above and below, photos from Egyptian blogger Mohammed Maree, who is there at the march live-tweeting. He is a journalist with, a human rights activist, and a veterinarian. All photos in this post are his.

The larger demonstration back at Tahrir was about issues closer to home: Egyptians are demanding that the military transfer power quickly to a representative civilian government, after the death by torture of a 24-year-old political prisoner named Essam Ali Atta. As the Guardian reports, critics say his death proves that the junta is failing to dismantle Mubarak's brutal security apparatus:

Essam Ali Atta, a civilian serving a two-year jail term in Cairo's high-security Tora prison following his conviction in a military tribunal earlier this year for an apparently "common crime", was reportedly attacked by prison guards after trying to smuggle a mobile phone sim card into his cell. According to statements from other prisoners who witnessed the assault, Atta had large water hoses repeatedly forced into his mouth and anus on more than one occasion, causing severe internal bleeding. An officer then transferred Atta to a central Cairo hospital, but he died within an hour.

His funeral took place today. Follow live tweets from the memorial at #esamatta. Journalist Reem Abdellatif, who is there, tweets:

His sister just passed out screaming they took my brother from me. [photo]. The scene is devastating at the morgue #essamatta's mom and sister keep calling out to him like he's still alive. Essam was 24.

As some protesters noted, that is exactly the same age as Scott Olsen, the US vet injured at Occupy Oakland. They see both men as victims of state brutality.

Above, guards outside the US embassy block protesters from advancing closer.


  1. I think Occupy Wall Street is a pretty cool guy. eh defeats captialism and doesn’t afraid of anything

  2. Yet somehow the right wing extremists will see this & say “Pagan Atheist Islamofascists!  See, I told you they were in league with the Liberal Commies!!”

    1. xD…ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

       Now you know you are oh so very wrong for that!(and so very true at the same time)

      …Ice John Lennon…..bwahahahahah!

    1. george who?mordicai is right you are all nuts on the american far right egyptian like me don’care about soros or acorn ,and if you think they do you are a naive victem of usa media specially the nut cases at fox

      1. I think Abbie was not being serious. Because that’s the kind of thing only the biggest nutcases on the far right would say, and they can’t put that many words together without spelling mistakes.

    2. First, there is no ACORN, James O’Brietbart dishonesty broker#1Keefe smeared them and they shut down. Soros though is around and has most likley nothing at all to do with this and you know it, your’re just being a provocateur.


        (For the third time in this thread, Abbie was most likely being facetious and not serious)

        Also, hi, welcome to BoingBoing where we DON’T troll the fuck out of other commenters for announcing their ethnic background in the context of stating that their ethnic background would make them a heavy target for violence in a nearby country (namely, Egypt, the subject of this post). Please cool your jets, sir. Or put the booze down, whichever’s the case.

  3. Wait a second – a demonstration in Tahrir Square supporting demonstrators attacked by police in Oakland?  My brain just imploded.  A year ago that would not have happened.

    Oh, and +1 Mordicai.

  4. Its a pretty sorry day in the good ole’ US of A when protesters in Egypt have to stick up for our rights here.

    I think the US handled the reaction to 9/11 completely wrong, starting wars and restricting rights at home. I thought that was the biggest gaff we could muster, but now I see the way the police and local governments are handling these protests as the next great american gaff. I never thought it could approach 9/11, but its becoming clear that it will. 

    They could turn it around, embrace the protests, seek change. But they wont’ do it, not right away, and not before they harm a lot more innocent protesters. These folks on the streets have my admiration for being so brave in the face of what no doubt will have to pass before change comes.

    1. Its a pretty sorry day in the good ole’ US of A when protesters in Egypt have to stick up for our rights here.

      exactly my first thought when i saw this.  things have gone seriously awry when protesters in the middle east are feeling sympathetic for us.  not that it isn’t awesome — the Occupy movement is creating some strange and cool bedfellows.

    2. Wallstreet is fighting back in the name of GREED.  “Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap” is their motto.

    3. WE have always had the capacity within ourselves to relate to the rights and common humanity of All. We have throughout history simply allowed ourselves to be Divided by our individual governments and charismatic rich and powerful “Leaders”, as in “Der Fuhrer” Achtung Baby! But all our common need to be respected and the denial of our common rights from those who have always promised to “protect and serve” us is being witnessed “Real Time” on the social medias. We see now and relate to this common struggle of all people everywhere in places such as Sudan, Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Myanmar, Tibet, etc. etc etc and now it is becoming apparant that no Government that exists on this earth is interested in Liberty, because as the saying on the street has always been-“Money” talks, and when money talks, then Government listens, and liberty is then slain on the streets-EVERYWHERE! It is time to UNITE on common principles of Universal Human Rights NOW while it is possible to do so. We must not wait for their approval, we need to unite and see in every face, no matter what color, no matter what religion or “nationality”, the face of our brother, and sister and father and mothers!

  5. This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen on BoingBoing in years.

    Thanks, Egypt. Courage in your struggles, too!

  6. From #OccupyOakland to Egypt, the world stands as one!  Solidarity in months ahead as the tide changes and the 1% and all the governments realize that we will not be silenced and we will not be pushed aside in favor of profiteering and brutality!

  7. I live in Oakland, and I am deeply moved reading your signs. Egypt thank you for your support. I love how the web has united so many nations. That finally the world can see that many Americans, support, care for and respect all the peoples of the world and their struggles. there aint no power like the power of the people, for the power of the people won’t die. Bless our bones

  8. I remember as a child learning how those “evil Russians” didn’t allow their people to assemble/didn’t allow their people to share their thoughts out loud.  I remember being so proud to live in a country where everyone could speak their minds freely without fear of repercussion.  What I failed to understand as a young child is that the US government and its enforcers could be just as evil.

    I have been dismayed over the past few years as our country, the leader in the democracy movement has lost its way.  Somewhere along the lines our protectors forgot the words “FOR the people, BY the people”.  This article, about another country showing solidarity with #OWS movement is a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark situation.

    1. Why would you doubt them? You know, engaging in  cynicism really helps no one. Sometimes a ham sandwich is just a ham sandwich, gosh I hate that saying, I’m a Vegan.

  9. Low angle shots and background queues lead me to believe that this Egypt-Oakland connection wasn’t a very big part of the demonstration (where everyone had the same markers and poster board). But it makes for a great story!

    1. Well you do realize that the 99% don’t really care how many people there are.  Sigh, isn’t there freedom in those words?

      See, we already have our numbers, and they are growing daily. 

      The look alike signs, yeah, we call those sign parties.  We actually have fun standing up for our rights, come join us.

      1. So am I excluded from the 99%? Have I been tossed to the 1% for being a little critical of photos that were most likely shot to sell a story and not send a message from the masses?

        1. @Will_Fernandez : I love the ‘movements’ which have taken place in Egypt, the U.S., and in so many other countries (how many?). I, too, had the thought, among others, of the possibility of this being just one or a small number of people in Egypt who wanted to send this message, via Twitter, and news channels which might pick it up. If this were true, there are two possibilities: it is only this small group doing it; or, there are many small groups scattered throughout Cairo, other cities in Egypt, and cities elsewhere, where this feeling is common (isn’t this how we feel in Oakland?). This is the first, or appears to be, that we see overtly new thinking, modern thinking, decidedly brave thinking, in a region not known for this, which may already be common throughout large areas of an increasingly connected world. (What can’t you acquire by searching?)  (Your thoughts count — what can’t you contribute by opening a connection?) 

          As was posted earlier today (above), “A year ago this would not have happened,” (not even in deception). It’s not just one, it’s many, because the sign carriers would also have to fool the other Egyptians walking in the crowd around them. If not being fooled, they would have to be ‘in on it.’ No, it is easier to assume (fewer assumptions have to be made) that  more than one small group thinks this way in Egypt. Surely, we are seeing the spread of ideas at the speed of today’s communication! You are likely to see more demonstrations of solidarity towards mutual goals. What affects one of us, affects us all. 

    2. The story mentions the larger crowd at Tahrir square protesting the death of the Egyptian, Essam Ali Atta, due to police torture (it’s horrifying). To the sign carriers, someone there had a brilliant idea to use the opportunity to march to the U.S. embassy, to broaden the statement being made at the square. We are in this together, and it is not likely to stop as long as there is an Internet. (Everyone wins, or everyone loses–my vote is for winning, and I get to vote every time I write or speak ; let it be true for everyone.)

    3. Well it wasn’t a big part of the demonstration because we originally went out on the 28th of October because 2 more men were killed the day before by police/military police.

      One died in prison after being tortured & the other was shot by police while driving his car (yes for no apparent reason & the cop who did this was transferred to psychiatric hospital for evaluation but we already know he’ll play crazy to get out of real punishment while he did this intentionally)

      But being a small demonstration doesn’t make it any less meaningful, we do support your cause because we all seek the same thing; JUSTICE for all. We’re all humans, we should stick together for a better future :)

  10. When US Military veterans are so enraged that they come out to protect the peaceful protestors from the police, it has NOTHING to do with right or left, it has to do with right and wrong.

  11. From Battle in Seattle, I’ve learned this chant (The people united will never be defeated). From my colleagues  in Oakland, California, I’ve learned this chant (Tell me what you, what you really want? JUSTICE). That’s what we all should do, to seek justice, united! I am in solidarity with #OccupyTogether, from Egypt.

    1. And! ‘The people united will never be defeated’ comes from ‘¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!, which has been a universal protest chant (in one form or another) since at least the late 1960s.

  12. This is moving and it warms my heart. If anyone who lives in Egypt would like me to come and help you continue toward Democracy, I’ll be right over.

  13. How do you say “Today, we are all Oaklanders” in Arabic? Because that’s a sentence I never thought would be uttered, and I never thought I would see this happen–foreign countries staging large demonstrations in support of American citizens being attacked by their own police. 

    This is a machine translation of “Thank you, Egypt,” but I hope someone from Tahrir Square sees this:
    أشكركم، ومصر

    1. The Egyptians donated a surprisingly large amount of money (and pizza deliveries!) to the Madison occupation back in February, which is especially surprising given their income levels.

      I think a lot of has to do with the level of support they got from American citizens during their revolution, even with our government tiptoeing around the issue.

      I wish we could see more coverage on Egypt. They’ve been demonstrating almost constantly since then, mostly due to the glacial pace of reform from the largely-military interim government.

    2. Greetings from Egypt & thanks all :), we appreciate all your warm feelings.I’ll try to spread it all among my fellow Tahrir protesters but just want you to know that we’re all with you heart & soul because in the end we’re all humans & we stand together in solidarity for peace, human rights, & justice for all :D.”Today, we are all Oaklanders” in Arabic is “اليوم، كلنا من اوكلاند” (literally “We’re all from Oakland”)I hope your cause doesn’t get as bloody as ours because we know what it feels like to be betrayed by your protectors. A friend of mine died during a protest on the 28th of January & it could have been me as I was also marching towards Tahrir that day.May God help you in your struggle & bless all of us especially my brothers & sisters in Syria :(

  14. On the one hand, this is heartening.

    On the other hand, as an Israeli-American, I am aware that I’d likely be (possibly literally) lynched just because of my nationality if I attended a demonstration in Cairo myself. Really. This even though I supported (and still support) the goals of the #Jan25 revolution. So I’m a little cynical when it comes to the “foreign policy” of this movement.

    It’s not all roses over there with the #Jan25 demonstrators.

    1. Deep-seated racial tensions die very slowly, sad to say, even when social movements like this (or the Arab Spring support from the world outside the revolting nations) bring shows of solidarity out.

      I think if you were to go with a group of Egyptian friends, you’d be basically safe from attacks by other protestors (no guarantees on the state’s police), but I wouldn’t suggest going out there alone.

      1. I’ve heard stories of mobs attacking people – even reporters – over the suspicion that they might be Israeli. I don’t know how isolated these incidents are, but I’d be very concerned that even being with a supportive group might not protect me.

        About the Egyptian authorities – yeah, I’d actually be the most worried about them. I could hide the fact that I’m Israeli in a demonstration, but I might get identified as one in immigration. I actually had to explain to a (Swiss) co-worker today why I was afraid to vacation in Sinai this summer – I don’t want to be a scapegoat for the next time the current regime wants to boost their internal popularity by arresting another Israeli “spy” (hah).

        During the Tahrir demos, I wanted to be there (like pretty much any other liberal watching on the news and on twitter, I think). I knew there was a good chance the revolution could harm Egypt’s relations with Israel, but that’s hardly a reason to support a dictator against an oppressed people. Either way, Ilan Grapel was there supporting the revolution – and look where that got him.

        1. I think what severed relations had little to do with the revolution and more with the 6 EGyptian corpses killed by the IDF(sic) IN their own territory.. not all countries are like the USA you know whcih bends over after incidents like the USS liberty

          1. 1. Relations aren’t severed (yet).

            2. Accidents happen, and that was an accident. Israel apologized and is paying damages to the victims’ families. When a Jordanian soldier deliberately shot and killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997, did Israelis storm the Jordanian embassy and try to kill Jordanians in the street? (Answer: no.)

            3. Attacks on people randomly accused of being Israeli happened far before the accidental killing of the Egyptian soldiers. The assault on Lara Logan was sparked by accusations that she was an Israeli spy – months before the incident you mention. I assume you don’t think that attack would have been justified, even if she actually had been Israeli.

          2. first sorry for wrong spelling of words second miss Logan was a victim(thank god i spelled it right this time) of government media intemidation during the revolution yall don’t know what kind of screwed up shit they said on tv and radio they did the same crab on oct 9th to the christian protests(i am a moslim by the way ) and when i heard it pissed me off  third israelis did not compensate the victims families they only apologized as a thank younote to egypt for the shalit  deal , besides they piss everybody in the neighborhood by killing palistinians,cuz alot of you don’t know moslims as a whole consider our selves as one people just like jews do but on a larger scale /there are 1.3 billion moslims on earthy

          3. I feel bad about derailing this thread, so I am not going to get into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here. If you want to talk to me personally you can contact me at carnadyne at gmail dot com. (Also, I did hear that Israel compensated the dead Egyptians’ families, but I could be wrong – a quick google search isn’t bringing up anything conclusive.)

            In any case, blaming Israeli government actions for mob attacks and lynchings against innocent people is obviously not logical. The would-be lynchers in each and every case are responsible for their own actions – and in more than one incident, their actions are assault and attempted murder.

            My aim here is to show that there are internal problems in the #Jan25 movement that we need to be concerned about. (To be fair, the leadership of the movement seems to be against senseless violence – but they don’t control the people in the street.) I’m not saying not to support them – just not to take their “good guy” status for granted. The US has supported many revolutions in the past, only to be shocked when the new people in power started committing violations of rights and international law as well.

            Unreasoning, violent attacks on anyone suspected of being affiliated with Israel is not a Mubarak government plot to discredit the revolution. It represents a significant number of the #Jan25 demonstrators. If we don’t recognize that, we aren’t seeing the whole picture of what’s going on in Egypt.

            Boing Boing shows the positive side of the revolution a lot, but doesn’t address the negative side so much. It’s important to have the whole picture.

        2. Well let me assure you (as an Egyptian and a Muslim) that smart well educated people never really bought that whole “SPY” thing, I mean really????? You have to be the dumbest spy in the world to take photos while spying in a country & post them on facebook. Who in their right mind would ever believe this?

          It was just a way for our government to divert our attention away from what’s really going on with Mubarak & his family (being treated like royalty & getting time to hide their fortune). It was also to back up the story that protesters are financed & pushed by outside foreign countries, sometimes it’s Israel, some other times it’s Qatar, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Freemasons, ….which is funny really. It doesn’t make sense that all these people join forces since they fight for different sides. But believe it or not some people actually believed them, it’s easier for them to believe that the protesters are evil than to believe that there’s as much corruption & injustice. People choose to turn the blind eye because they don’t want to believe they were living a lie all these years (just like some women do with cheating husbands :P)

    2. Which nationality? Israeli or American?

      Maybe you should pick one and stick with it, since Israeli goals have not been necessarily good for America. No dual citizenship!

  15. It does look a lot like Occupy movements here. Dudes as far as the eye can see. That’s why this movement will not resonate in the end. You can’t get to 99% without women. America looked to the sexist forces of Islamist revolutions for how to model their own behavior. That was a sad day for the women of Islam and the women of America. No one is standing up for them. Tahrir Square indeed. The place Lara Logan was raped. WTF?

    1. Women activists were key to the Tahrir uprising. One Egyptian woman activist, featured a few days ago on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now program, issued a key call to action that went viral before the massive  march that started that revolution. To disparage this historic revolution for “sexist Islam” or the terrible Lara Logan incident is short sighted. Revolutionary change is never easy and never perfect, but the masses are clearly in motion, and that is an essential thing. Where it goes now is still to be determined, but fighting for women’s equality must be part of it if it is to end  positively.

  16. Just storm the f*cking thing.  Everyone should know the U.S. uses its embassies for imperial domination.  Where do you think the coups come from?  Storm it like you did the Israeli one!  Foil counterrevolution!

    1. Yeah, because what Egypt needs is an act that’d be considered an act of war. That solves everything. 

      There may be a time when the box in use is the ammunition box, but we’re not done with the soapbox or the ballot box yet.

  17. They kept their word, and it’s the people like them and us (Occupy) that will eventually bring peace to the world. The enemy isn’t the People, it’s the governments and financiers.

  18. Feeling the warm breezy embrace of the Arab Spring from #OccupySantaBarbara in unity with #OccupyOakland #OccupyWallStreet!

  19. Feeling the warm breezy embrace of the Arab Spring from #OccupySantaBarbara in unity with #OccupyOakland #OccupyWallStreet! Thank you for unity!

  20. as an egyptian who just came back from us after 20 years in the usa because of the dumb fuck Mubarak yall are welcome but all people in the world are suffering because of the few pigs that control the world banking system , and the war business   don’t think that the assad regime hates the us government there are common interests between them  it is just  role they play in a big play called stomp the poor

  21. Can we please not start an Israel-Egypt flamewar here? This is a news post about unity.

    I’m not debating who is right or wrong; I’m certain that most middle eastern states have the blood of their neighbours on their hands for one reason or another. This is not the time to open these old wounds. This is the Occupy movement.

  22. Oh My! Egypt! On behalf of those in Oakland who may not be aware of your support, with warm hearts,  grateful spirits and determined souls, WE THANK YOU for being an inspiration and speaking out for yourselves, and for us. In solidarity, OccupyOakland.

    1. Rooted Android + Orbot + Gibberbot + Redphone + TextSecure = half the battle

      The other half is intelligently making use of the crypto and anonymity software you’ve just installed, and it depends on having a rooted device handy or the ability to root an existing stock device. It’s not something for every consumer, but if you distrust your carrier and have a reason to circumvent them, it can be done. The last portion is making sure the people you communicate with also use appropriate software and take precautions.

      People unused to Arab Spring-style surveillance and interference of web/mobile services aren’t likely to take such precautions and instead announce to the universe on Facebook with their real names where they’ll be so they can get kettled (and possibly gassed/shot).

  23. its getting close,brothers and sisters.the human,i mean humane race is slowly but surely waking up globally……  you RULERS of this WORLD beware!!!!! just look at moammar’s reality last moments video.its the dawning of the age of MUSSOLINIS…….

    1. I’m not sure that we should be warning world leaders that the age of facism is coming and get excited about it, unless I’m ignorant of a piece of Italian history that you aren’t. (Which is quite possible because I know little about Italy’s 20th century history outside of general bits related to world events.)

      1. I have no idea what the intended meaning of that post was saying.  But my original thought when I first read it was that the “Age of Mussolinis” was the age where these leaders are hunted down and strung up.

        Edit – Especially considering that followed a statement about Muammar Gaddafi.

  24. It is only getting started! We all stand in solidarity and are confident in the rule of human rights law! No more divisions by religion, gender, status, family…Tahrir inspired us, now the world will implement the new order, always looking to our Egyptian brothers for support, love and inspiration! Time to take it global, beyond SCAF, to a new movement of transparency, inclusion, respect and ultimately, accountability…

  25. I can’t speak to the righteousness of the Pharaohs but those are some pretty cool Pyramids they got there.  Why aren’t they Pythagorean though (i.e. 4-sided dice)?

  26. Really, really awesome. Thank you, people of Egypt. Occupy the world, end the bankers taxes, wars, debt, slavery, and poverty.

    Time for a future we can be proud of as a planet. Time to put our money and effort into projects for the people and this planet, not the greedy psychopathic 1%.

    And, yeah: fuck the police. We the people should demand the public trial and expulsion of policemen and women who assault innocent, unarmed citizens. This is a democracy. Isn’t it? I guess we’re all gonna find out pretty soon…

  27. It’s so heartwarming to see people on the other side of this earth who support the cause and march with us. It brings a feeling of “unity” and brotherhood/sisterhood that I can’t recall EVER seeing in my lifetime, and I am 58.  My thanks and admiration go out to ALL of you!!

  28. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that the guy with the “fuck police” sign knows exactly what “fuck police” means.  That scares me a little.  I always thought it was cynical and a little ignorant to say such things, but if the slogan is finding its way halfway around the world and compelling non-English speaking (I assume) Egyptians to write it on a sign, maybe there’s a  serious problem with the police here in the USA after all.    

  29. Egypt’s revolution failed so why ask their advice on anything?
    They are so proud of Tahrir yet now that their revolution is on the ropes they simply will not return to Tahrir to protest. Who can take these people seriously as revolutionaries?!
    Take a closer look at events in Egypt, the military will be in power from now on. Some revlution that leads from one dicatorship to another!
    Believing that the Egy rev is tied in to a global movement that is now set to change the world and set Egy free in the process, is a fantasy, and one only the educated, English speaking Egy elite talk about. It means nothing to the majority (poor) Egyptians what some guys in America are up to. The poor of Egypt suffer in a much more profound way than anyone in the developed world, foreigners simply do not understand how completley lacking in all human rights, dignity, economic security, and meaningful future Egyptian are. Egypt is a country going nowhere, Egypt is a graveyard inhabited by the living.

    1. They are so proud of Tahrir yet now that their revolution is on the ropes they simply will not return to Tahrir to protest. Who can take these people seriously as revolutionaries?!

      Let me be the first to mention that you’re complaining about Egyptians not protesting at Tahrir, on an article about Egyptians protesting at Tahrir.

  30. This is awesome!!! You guys throwing support across the world are AMAZING!!!!!! SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU ALL!!

  31. This is a Global Evolutionary Revolution. Greetings and solidarity from the UK. Together we will change the world.

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