Archive for August, 2013

August 23, 2013

2 Muslim women ordered to stop praying in Dublin park

Source: Irish Examiner

One of the women, whose first name is Sajida, said they felt threatened and humiliated when the driver of a security van drew up and shouted that there was “no praying in the park” as they knelt in Griffith Park, Drumcondra, for one of the five daily calls to prayer that Muslims must observe.

Sajida, who moved to Ireland from Britain 17 years ago, said the women had “never experienced anything like it before”.

Sajida said she and her friend had picked a quiet spot but had barely begun praying when she heard a loud honking.

A Manguard Plus van — Manguard is contracted by Dublin City Council to provide an out-of-hours park warden service — drew up a few metres away and, Sajida claims, the driver shouted at them there was no praying in the park.

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August 19, 2013

Four Irish citizens held in Cairo jail after al-Fateh mosque demonstration

Source: The Guardian

Four Irish siblings caught up in the violence in Cairo are being held by Egyptian authorities, their family said on Sunday.

Sisters Omaima Halawa, 20, Fatima, 22, and Somaia, 27, and their brother Ibrihim, 17, were among hundreds of people cleared out of the al-Fateh mosque when security forces stormed the building on Saturday.

Their father, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, is the imam of Ireland’s largest mosque, in Dublin. At the family home in Firhouse, south Dublin, another sister, Nasaybi, said the four were being held at a jail in Cairo.

“The latest we know is that they are in one of the jails in Cairo. But we do not know if they are all together or whether they have been separated, boys and girls,” she said.

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August 18, 2013

Protestors gather at Egyptian embassy in Dublin

Source: Irish Times

Dozens of people gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin this afternoon to make a stand against violent military crackdowns on protesters in Cairo and the rest of country.

Hundreds of people have been killed this week after tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the ousting of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi.

Today’s demonstration was organised by the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) and John Molyneux, from the group’s steering committee, described what has happened as a “terrible massacre”.

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