Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... UK-based Egyptians vs Egyptian government and Vodafone

Protesters: UK-based Egyptians
Target: The Egyptian government and Vodafone
Location: The Egyptian Embassy
Date: 3 February

The lowdown

A 'noisy but peaceful' protest took place outside the Egyptian Embassy in London, during which protesters draped the national flag around themselves as they watched news channels broadcasting the latest updates from Egypt. Later, most of the group moved to Vodafone's flagship store on Oxford Street and then to Edgware Road, where the march ended.

Why the protest?

The protesters gathered in sympathy with the ongoing protest in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where, at the time of going to press, demands were still being made for President Hosni Mubarak to resign. The protest then moved to Vodafone's store because of the mobile phone company's reported involvement in pro-government SMS messaging.

How did the Egyptian government respond?

As PRWeek went to press, Mubarak had responded to the protests in Egypt by saying he was 'fed up' with being the country's leader and would like to leave now, but fears Egypt would sink deeper into chaos if he did.

How did the media cover it?

Because of the major activities in Egypt, the UK protest was dwarfed by comparison and there has been little coverage. Only the citizen journalism website Demotix picked up the story.

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