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[InetBib] FW: [IFLA-L] Events in Egypt

 Dear All,

This is just a brief message to let you know that the Library is safe.  In case
you had not seen it, below is a statement by Dr. Serageldin that has been posted
on our webiste.  It still represents the current situation, except that the
President and the PM have made reasonable statements, but they have come late.
Let's hope that it is the beginning of a resolution.  In addition to the
statement, we posted pictures and a video of the youth of Alexandria defending
the Library against vandalism and looting <http://www.bibalex.org>.  Please see
it and please bring it to the attention of other people.

Here is the statement:

To our friends around the world:
The Events in Egypt

The world has witnessed an unprecedented popular action in the streets of Egypt.
Led by Egypt's youth, with their justified demands for more freedom, more
democracy, lower prices for necessities and more employment opportunities.
These youths demanded immediate and far-reaching changes. This was met by
violent conflicts with the police, who were routed.  The army was called in and
was welcomed by the demonstrators, but initially their presence was more
symbolic than active.  Events deteriorated as lawless bands of thugs, and maybe
agents provocateurs, appeared and looting began.  The young people organized
themselves into groups that directed traffic, protected neighborhoods and
guarded public buildings of value such as the Egyptian Museum and the Library of
Alexandria.  They are collaborating with the army.  This makeshift arrangement
is in place until full public order returns.

The library is safe thanks to Egypt's youth, whether they be the staff of the
Library or the representatives of the demonstrators, who are joining us in
guarding the building from potential vandals and looters.  I am there daily
within the bounds of the curfew hours.   However, the Library will be closed to
the public for the next few days until the curfew is lifted and events unfold
towards an end to the lawlessness and a move towards the resolution of the
political issues that triggered the demonstrations.


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