NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE ADDRESSES OCCUPY HARVARD

Ahmed at OccupyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 12, 2011

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE ADDRESS OCCUPY HARVARD

Cambridge — Egyptian revolutionary and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ahmed Maher addressed Occupy Harvard last night. However, like John Malkovich, Maher could not enter the Yard, and instead addressed the occupation’s General Assembly through the bars of Johnston Gate.

“We are youth like you searching for real democracy. We have a common interest,” said Maher. “You must believe you can reach real democracy.”

On Friday Maher also spoke at Harvard Arab Weekend, in an address titled “The New Generation of Arab Activism.”

“Maher can come to talk about youth activism, but heaven forbid it actually happen here at Harvard,” said Harvard College sophomore Atul Bhattarai. “It seems that the Harvard administration has a strange form of the ‘not in my back yard’ syndrome, except it’s Harvard Yard they’re keeping people like Maher out of. Harvard isn’t doing itself any favors by keeping out those people who couldn’t be kept out of Tahrir Square.”

As of Saturday, Harvard Yard remained closed to those without a Harvard ID. Occupy Harvard issued an official statement opposing this action by the university’s administration at their General Assembly on Thursday night.

Maher concluded, “We are here to express our solidarity with you, and our solidarity with youth, and our solidarity with all people who struggle for freedom in all the squares around the world.”

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16 comments on “NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE ADDRESSES OCCUPY HARVARD

  1. STOP THE OCCUPATION NOW says:

    How many Arab students are actually in the tents? .0001%?

  2. STOP THE OCCUPATION NOW says:

    Occupiers on financial aid: If you don’t like the resources that the 1% gave you to attend for free or on reduced tuition packages, pay back the money, cancel your tuition, and leave. There are people waiting to get in here, who aren’t going to disrupt campus activities and blame everyone for their good fortune of being at Harvard.

  3. Sage says:

    Here is the video of the first part of Ahmed’s address. Second part is also under the same YouTube account.

  4. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  5. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  6. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

    • obx says:

      I spoke at the first rally on October 15th, and stood on the steps while waiting for my turn, obesrving the process,the protestors and the organizers. There was a very clear and defined presence and difference between those who were genuinely there for the greater good, to fight the inequalities and the incestuous relationship between government and corporate greed . and those who were there for only thing- to incite violence with the police and any city officials. Very Black Bloc in nature, it actually creeped me out to be near a couple of them. Some of the committed young people who were trying to do the right thing, were totally being run over and steered by others who were clearly far more street wise than others. It was not only I who saw this, but many of my friends, colleagues and readers who also attended. In fact, one of the men I travelled with also remarked that this was not going to end well based on what we saw behind the scenes on day. In my heart of hearts, the message of the Occupy movement was lost right after the thousands of rally attendees left on day 1 and continued to degenerate as time has gone because of this other element actively involved in organizing and running the Vancouver camp and movement. Are there real protestors down there right now, hoping to make change? Yes there are. Have they and their message been completely lost at this point? Completely. Let me share something with you, a message sent to me on facebook by a reporter/ documentary producer I know who has been on site every day since the protest started, documenting what is going on with his camera, his words and his photos. We are over-run with needle addicts and homeless ppl at Occupy Vancouver. The media have been awful up till now, refusing to acknowledge the work of volunteers, mostly non-residents, taking care of the worst welfare cases in Canada, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. ( laila’s note* Eric Doherty is one person I know trying to help there) By October 18 it was clear to me we had become a soup kitchen/triage centre for hundreds of indigent. IMO, Gregor and Suzanne are both confused and manipulative at the same time, as she is nipping at his heels in the polls for mayor.Even the CBC’s Ian Hannomansing was refusing for weeks to see the real picture and was spouting City’s Hall pablum In the medic tent, I’ve personally taken care of a number of ppl, including the homeless man who last week overdosed on heroin but survived bcf our ski-patroller medic, Matthew, who gave him CPR and saved his life. Friday the hospital discharged Buddy back to Occupy, which he told hospital nurses, was now his home. He went unconscious while I was with him and had to go back to the hospital, where a female DOCTOR told him what a loser he was and kept our nurse there for FIVE HOURS depriving other ppl here of her services. After Buddy was stabilized, he chose to go to a treatment centre a small success! He was NOT an Occupy activist, he never attended meetings, and was almost unknown in camp. But I did notice his right hand was mangled, so he cld easily have gone from morphine or other addictive painkillers to heroin to get pain relief. He looked like an unemployed logger with a smashed up hand. Insite now has a constant presence so needle addicts, being CARED FOR by the Occupiers, do not die in our midst and halt political progress on Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Everywhere. Pretty telling isn’t it? The camp needs to go and sooner than later. And everyone needs to take a good hard look at why so many politicians, and so many social agencies, have been unable to address the issues of poverty addiction and homelessness that is still one of Vancouvers biggest embaressments for so many years. The best way for all of us to support change for the Occupy movement is to get the vote out in support of candidates that offer a chance at change, and to become more politically involved than simply bitching at coworkers about the status quo at the water cooler.

  7. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  8. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  9. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  10. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  11. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers and other […]

  12. […] Mahar of a Egyptian protests. But even for him, a university did not surrender in their policy; Mahar wasn’t authorised into a Yard, and delivered his residence by a blockade regulating a people’s mic — where occupiers and […]

  13. […] Mahar of the Egyptian protests. But even for him, the university did not relent in their policy; Mahar wasn’t allowed into the Yard, and delivered his address through the fence using the people’s mic — where occupiers […]

  14. […] Mahar of a Egyptian protests. But even for him, a university did not surrender in their policy; Mahar wasn’t authorised into a Yard, and delivered his residence by a blockade regulating a people’s mic — where occupiers and […]

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