Thanks to Anca Bogdana Rusu and Olga Nicoara for their hard work on making this rally possible, and for sending us the pictures below!
This is a note from the organizer:
Thanks to Olga who put a lot of time and effort into getting the authorization from the City Hall, the Free Karrem Bucharest rally went according to the plan. We were not many but we were passionate about our mission. At 11 a.m. in front of the Egyptian Embassy here in Romania we gathered ready for “fight”, armed with fliers, letters to the ambassador ready to be signed (thanks again to Olga’s devoted work) and last but not least flowers we began. We gave fliers and flowers to people passing by, in an attempt to raise public awareness about Kareem’s case.
The choice for flowers was justified by 2 reasons: first of all to make it clear ours was a peaceful, respectful manifestation, that we mean no harm, just trying to help one of our friends, secondly it is so much more difficult for people to say no when you hand them a flower along with a flier (Horia called it bribery, I prefer to call it successful marketing strategy)….and it did work, most people we spoke to agreed to sign our petition and many also promised to sign the online one. Next week, after we gather more signatures we plan to send them all to the Egyptian Embassy.
Our only hope is that this work manages in some way to help Kareem and to bring him some comfort by showing him he’s not alone and people around the world do care about him and his faith.
We are extremely proud of their efforts and for this meaningful rally which helped us send a very positive and urgent message to Egypt.
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