A political activist from D-C live-tweets custody in Cairo jail.
She’s a fixture on capitol hill and many dc reporters know her well for her American rights and peace protests that include interrupting congressional hearings (fake bloody hands behind Sec. Kerry) and even the President (speech on Yemen).
“Help! They broke my arm. Egypt Police” Media Benjamin the co-founder of anti-war group CODEPINK wrote on Twitter this morning.
Before that she posted a photo of what she says is the cell she’s being held in at the Cairo Airport.According to her string of tweets, she’s been there for the last 9 hours.
Code Pink’s website says Benjamin was headed to Gaza for a women’s conference with plans to protest the Israeli blockade.We still don’t know why Benjamin is in custody.. but the state dept did recently issue a travel alert for Americans warning of risks of going to Egypt because of political and social unrest. Still unknown whether detention is linked to Egypt’s crackdown on Hamas– a group Benjamin in the past has voiced support of.
Uncomfirmed: Hearing from reporters in Mideast… that US Embassy in Cairo is close to resolving the issue.