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.”