More than ten thousand young men and girls demonstrated in support of Egypt's interim peace agreement with Israel and handed President Sadat documents written in blood on Tuesday (30 September).
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SV Girls carrying documents written in blood to President Sadat
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SV Members crowded round Sadat posing for picture (2 shots)
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Background: More than ten thousand young men and girls demonstrated in support of Egypt's interim peace agreement with Israel and handed President Sadat documents written in blood on Tuesday (30 September).
The marchers, mainly students and young farmworkers from the Monofiya Province north of Cairo in the Nile delta, paraded through President Sadat's home town of Miet Abu Elkoum before the youth organisations' leaders made their presentations.
The demonstration was the latest in a wave of support across the country for President Sadat and the interim peace. The rallies show the passion with which Egyptians are rejecting the criticism from Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organisations that Egypt has "sold out" the Arab cause by negotiating the peace accord with Israel.
Some observers believe the depths of the support shows that most Egyptians are tired of war, tired of the hardships caused by its and tired of being asked to contribute to outside causes -- such as that of the Palestinians -- which many feel have nothing to do with them.
The young demonstrators were carrying Egyptian flags and chanting slogans like "October the sixth is the victory day for the Arab world. Arab youth are the soldiers of victory"-- October 6 is the day the Egyptian-Israeli agreement comes into force.