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Prominent Gay Filmmaker John Greyson Arrested In Egypt

Greyson, a documentary filmmaker from Toronto, Canada, along with Tarek Loubani, an ER doctor from London, Ontario, Canada, was arrested last night after 10 PM. The two men were reportedly on their way to Gaza, according to a friend's blog. It is not known if the men were arrested for violating Cairo's mandatory curfew, or if they were detained for some other reason. 

Current unrest and violence in the North African nation has family members and Canadian foreign affairs officials concerned for their safety. Just in the last 24 hours, at least 25 were killed in a raid in the Sinai peninsula, and as pro and anti-Morsi supporters continue to fight, the death toll continues to rise. Worse yet, members of the Egyptian government and military have already expressed outrage towards the West and its media outlets for their failure to portray the conflict "as a war against violent terrorists", according to the New York Times

Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for the Canadian government, has already released a statement, explaining that:

"The Government of Canada is very concerned that two Canadian citizens have been arrested in Egypt.

"I can confirm that Canadian consular officials have visited the two Canadians and have been in contact with their families.

"This afternoon, I spoke with a senior Egyptian official to request confirmation of the nature of the charges and call for all evidence against the two Canadians be released. Canadian officials are also in contact with local authorities to receive more information on the nature of these charges."

Egypt ConflictGreyson is perhaps best known for his criticism of the Toronto International Film Festival for "for celebrating films from Tel Aviv. Greyson withdrew his own film from the festival, criticizing Israel's settlement strategy in Gaza," according to Yahoo News

Canada has already lost one of its citizens to the recent violence in Egypt. Previously, Amr Kassem was shot in the head by a sniper while attempting to visit a group of family members. The Candian government has already urged both sides of the conflict to "sit down together, reconcile their differences and work tirelessly to halt this deadly standoff." At this point, unfortunately, it does not seem likely that any such talks will take place any time soon. 

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  1. Couldn't have happens to someone more deserving. He loves the islamo fascists so much he can rot in jail with them!

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 19, 2013 4:03:09 PM

  2. An why should this stop its to much fun watching these idiots kill each other!

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 19, 2013 4:04:42 PM

  3. An why should this stop its to much fun watching these idiots kill each other!

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 19, 2013 4:04:42 PM

  4. Maybe he'll learn a little something about the arab/moslem world...this guy appears to be a pseudo-leftists. Why would he support societies that execute gay people just for being gay? screw him.

    Posted by: myackie | Aug 19, 2013 4:40:28 PM

  5. The Palestinians have so many supporters round the world , Homosexuals need other homos to stand with them .The fact is Israel is the only middle east country with pride festivals and some degree of legal equality ,the P.L.O. government in the wst bank imprisons homos while the Hamas government in Gaza just has them killed . This guy was of to Gaza to help Hamas so he must back there killing of homos (you can bet his film was not about homo rights in Gaza).Thats self hatred , we get enough hatred all ready do we need more ? I do not think so .

    Posted by: Luke James | Aug 19, 2013 5:22:22 PM

  6. Just when I thought the article was bad enough - focusing on the lives of White Westerners as tho they have more of a right to be afraid for than Egyptians - I see the comments above.
    No more RSS feed for me.

    Posted by: Wulf | Aug 19, 2013 5:22:31 PM

  7. Let them fight it out till the only ones left are those who don't care who is president.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Aug 19, 2013 5:25:55 PM

  8. This guy is delusional...He had Jewish films banned from the Toronto film festival...Good riddance!...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Aug 19, 2013 5:35:35 PM

  9. The "North African Nation" aka Egypt in this "North American Nation." Possibly killing white people? Oh my God! And gay?
    Of course. That's why it's reported.

    Posted by: YP | Aug 19, 2013 5:36:10 PM

  10. I would hope that Greyson is best known (here) for his films.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 19, 2013 5:43:56 PM

  11. Screw that idiot.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 19, 2013 7:05:05 PM

  12. Grayson is pretty arrogant, as he's made himself into a big fish in a very, very small pond.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Aug 20, 2013 11:44:20 AM

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