America's Peace Mom appeals to Egypt's First Lady to release Islamist detainees
U.S. anti-war activist, Cindy Sheehan, joined dozens of wives and mothers of imprisoned Egyptian Islamists in a protest Wednesday calling on Egypt's first lady to put an end to a military trial of the country's largest Islamic organization.
Under the watchful eyes of dozens of black-clad and helmeted anti-riot police, some 50 heavily veiled wives and children of 40 senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood detained for the past year, gathered in front of the headquarters Suzanne Mubarak's National Council Women carrying banners calling for their release.
"I am here to protest the trial of civilians in front of a military tribunal as this is a violation to international law," said Sheehan, who gained fame in the U.S. for her sit-in outside U.S.
President George W. Bush's Texas ranch following the death of her son in Iraq.
"As a mother of a son who was killed in the war, I presented a letter to Ms. Suzanne Mubarak to realize how those women and children are suffering."
The demonstration, which occurred in the center of the busy capital near the headquarters of the ruling party, was a rare street protest. Following a period of relative political openness in earlier in the decade, police have since banned practically any sign of public dissent.
1) America's Peace Mom appeals to Egypt's First Lady to release Islamist detainees