UK, US Professors Support Arab Uprising
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01 Feb 2011
UK, US professors support Arab uprising
London - A collection of US and UK professors joined together Tuesday to
express solidarity with the series of uprisings taking place across the
"We offer our support to those courageous young demonstrators," said the
professors, including Noam Chomsky from Massachusetts Institute of
"The Jasmine revolution in Tunisia has offered much hope across the Arab
world. We have seen young and hopeful demonstrators in Jordan, Egypt and
Saudi Arabia, calling for much-needed reform and democracy in their own
countries," they said.
"Their aspirations and hopes are legitimate and the Jasmine revolution
has shown that it may be possible to achieve them," the professors said
in a joint letter published in the Guardian Tuesday.
Their expression of support comes as the world focus remained the
week-long protests on Egypt, being by far the largest Arab state of more
than 80 million people.
The signatories, including six British and four American professors
together with Professor Rainer Baubock from the European University
Institute, condemned the violent repression of the demonstration.
They called on "western governments, especially EU members and the US,
to respect the Arab world's desire for change, and to halt their
financial and military assistance to autocratic regimes in the region."
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