Galloway defiant after deportation from Egypt

GEORGE Galloway vowed that despite his deportation from Egypt today his support for Gaza is unaffected. He described how he and adviser Ron McKay were bundled into a van by Egyptian police

By Julia Gregory

GEORGE Galloway London this-evening after his deportation from Egypt vowing that his support for Gaza is unaffected.

He described at a news conference in Brick Lane, in the heart of his East London constituency, how he and adviser Ron McKay were bundled into a van by Egyptian police near the border with Gaza and driven five hours to Cairo where he was put on a plane back to the UK.

“It’s a badge of honour to be deported from a ramshackle tinpot dictatorship like Egypt,” he said.

“They followed us everywhere, even to the toilet and literally forced us onto the plane.”

Mr Galloway, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, had an inkling that he might be arrested after problems on Wednesday crossing from Egypt into Gaza with his Viva Palestinia’ aid convoy of 200 vehicles, when seven people were arrested and 50 others injured.

But despite his deportation, Galloway pledged a further aid convoy would head to Gaza in March.