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Egypt has deported Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire

Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Betty Williams for founding a peace group to resolve the conflict between North Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire (File photo)
Mairead Corrigan Maguire (File photo)
Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

EGYPT HAS DETAINED and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire today after she tried to enter the country.

She had intended to join a delegation of activists going to the neighbouring Palestinian Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Yesterday, airport police had detained and deported American anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, also part of the delegation. She told AFP her arm was broken by the policemen.

Maguire said she arrived at Cairo airport with fellow activist Ann Patterson on Tuesday night.

“We were taken to the detention centre and questioned and held for eight hours, and were told we would not be allowed entry into Cairo and would be put on a plane,” Maguire told AFP by telephone from London afterwards.

The police were “polite” but offered her no reason for barring her, she said. An airport official told AFP she had been blacklisted.

Maguire, born in 1944, won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Betty Williams for founding a peace group to resolve the conflict between North Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants.

She had become a vocal supporter of Palestinians and was expelled from Israel in 2010, after she tried to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip aboard a ship with other activists.

Previously: Israeli supreme court attacks Irish activist’s “propaganda”

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