Egyptian government deports American anti-war activist
The Egyptian government deported an American anti-war activist Tuesday as she attempted to travel to the Gaza strip, AFP reports.
Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the group CodePink, a woman initiated peace and social justice movement, was traveling to the Gaza strip to join a delegation of fellow activists. She was detained immediately upon arrival.
Police treated Benjamin roughly, she told AFP.
"I arrived yesterday (Monday). They took me out of customs, held me overnight, threw me on the floor, and broke my arm. Two policemen jumped on me and broke my arm.”
Benjamin was banned from Egypt previously for her involvement in a protest in 2010.
The government eventually let some activists into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing but deported Benjamin to Turkey.
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