Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz speaks at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest
Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Tuesday at the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in lower Manhattan.
“Many of U.S. residents were in solidarity with us,” she said. “So, we have to keep going all over the world, because another world is possible for all of us.”
An impassioned speech on human rights by Mahfouz led thousands of protesters to gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 25, sparking a widespread movement against President Hosni Mubarak.
She made the video after four Egyptian men set themselves on fire. The men were apparently inspired by the example of Tunisia, where a self-immolation triggered protests that eventually led to the ouster of the nation’s president.
“When I make this video, everybody in Egypt come, solidarity, and protected me,” Mahfouz explained. :I saw people, really, died in front of me, because they were protecting me and protecting others. So, they were the bravest men.”
Mahfouz and other Egyptian activists held a teach-in on Monday at the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration regarding the Egyptian revolution.
The 26-year-old woman was a member of the April 6 Youth Movement, which had been using the Internet to organize protests against Egypt’s authoritarian government since 2008.
Watch video, courtesy of Democracy Now, below: