Egypt: Hunger Strikes Draw Attention to the Plight of Syrians
Syrian activists and artists abroad have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks, to draw attention to the atrocities being committed by the Syrian regime against their people.
In Cairo, six women, including prominent Syrian poet and writer Lina Tibi, have been camped  outside the Arab League headquarters for a week today [September 10, 2012], vowing that they will not end their hunger strike until their demands are met.
Tibi tweeted yesterday [ar]:
And on her Facebook page, she writes  [ar]:
أضرب لانه لم يعد بوسعه ان يجد قوت يومه ولان لا طعام في مدن عديدة في سوريا ولان الغلاء الفاحش صار بمنزلة الشرف الكبرى
لمن ينادينا بفك الاضراب نسأله اولا ان يفك الاضراب عن شعبنا
Among their goals are:
@Mou2amara : One aim of #StrikersForSyria hunger strike in #Cairo is for closure of #SuezCanal to #Iran & #Russia ships supplying arms to #Assad. #Egypt
The Cairo protesters are part of a huge group of activists off food to draw attention to the plight of Syrians.
On Twitter, former Syria resident Donatella tweets:
@donatelladr : Many #Syria artists & activists living in #Egypt #France #Lebanon #Turkey #Germany #Spain #Jordan #KSA on hunger strike since Aug 26
Meanwhile, on Facebook, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria page posts  [ar] a statement on the hunger strike:
The statement names some of those taking part in the hunger strike and appeals to them to stop:
فإنها تتمنى على المضربين عن الطعام فك إضرابهم، باعتبار أن الرسالة وصلت، ويكفينا الموت القادم من كل صوب
على أيدي آلة حرب النظام ومرتزقته. فمعركة انتزاع الحرية لوطننا طويلة ومريرة و تحتاج جهود الجميع، و لاينبغي أن نخسر المزيد من الأرواح كيف يلتفت العالم إلى معاناتنا، التي باتت أوضح من الشمس الساطعة
It also hopes those on hunger strike will stop their actions because their message has reached those it was intended for. We have had enough death coming from all directions, at the hand of the war machine of the regime and its mercenaries. The war to extract freedom for our country is long and bitter and will need all our efforts and we shouldn't risk more souls for the world to pay attention to our plight, now that it has become clear for all to see
This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/12 .
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