1950-1959 | Egypt

Ministers unable to say if Britain is at war as Cairo Airport is bombed

1 November 1956 On 1 November 1956, an editorial in the Daily Mail was headlined ‘Britain at War’, however neither Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd nor Minister of Defence Antony Head were able to confirm whether or not the country was actually at war with Egypt. The infuriating lack of clarity fomented consternation among MPs and the speaker…

2010-2019 | Arms exports | Backing dictatorships | Egypt

Cameron takes arms traders with him on visit to promote democracy

21 February 2011 On 21 February 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Cairo, ostensibly to support Egypt’s first tentative steps towards a possible democracy, in the wake of the protests which had just toppled the former dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Accompanying the PM, were a coterie of British businessmen, including several senior CEOs from the…

1940-1949 | Civilians slaughtered | Egypt

British troops in Cairo shoot dead twenty demonstrators with machine guns

21 February 1946 On 21 February 1946, British troops opened fire, with machine guns, on protesters in Midan Ismailiya (now better known as Tahrir Square) in central Cairo, killing twenty and injuring about 300.1  According to a report in the Scotsman the following day: ‘The Square outside the Kasr El Nil Barracks was a smoke-filled battleground…