Talk Nation Radio special with breaking news from Cairo December 31, 2009 Delegates from USA and other countries were beaten in Cairo. We get updates from two delegates to Gaza Freedom March who were beaten and thrown to sidewalk atop others already collapsed there.
CORRECTION TO THIS PHRASE: Marie-Renée Le Grand died of a heart attack. We regret the error. Two reports we based ours on were wrong. They have made corrections to reports on Press TV and Al Jazeera. We will upload a corrected audio report this morning: ((One French delegate killed by Egyptian riot police.))
The protest was strictly peaceful. Some civil disobedience was used after Egypt canceled permits for public meeting.
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3PM EDT Cairo: We heard from Hutchinson, two Connecticut residents in Cairo, that they were beaten by Egyptian police while trying to protest their inability to enter Gaza. The Egyptians allowed only a few delegates of the 1400 in Cairo to go across into Gaza. At the end of this special broadcast we hear another breaking news update:
Corrected: (((A French citizen, Marie Renee, has died from injuries sustained at the hands of Egyptian security forces during a demonstration with the Gaza Freedom March on Thursday, December 31st. There are reports that another woman and man with Renee may have also been seriously injured after being beaten.))
Marie Renee died of a heart attack and was not beaten.
This portion of our report was correct and likely was about Marie Renee: ((And another woman has died at Cairo hospital, she was not injured at the hands of police but had a heart attack. Finally, a Moroccan-Italian member of the delegation is at the hospital after being punched in the face, according to Media Benjamin of Codepink.))
Reports said the woman died in the Cairo Hospital. She was traveling with a French delegation of approximately 300 nationals.