Uploaded on Jan 8, 2010
جورج غالواي يفضح مصر في لندن،(( و قل جاء الحق و زهق الباطل إن الباطل كان زهوقا )) هكذا إذن نقول أن حافلة الفريق الجزائري ومشجعوه ضربوا في مصر كما ضربوا أفراد قافلة شريان الحياة من أجل غزة رمز الكرامة والعزة
George Galloway denouncing Egypt on his arrival to London from Cairo after being deported
George Galloway, the British MP leading the Viva Palestina international aid convoy to the Gaza Strip, has been declared 'person non grata' by the Egyptian government and deported from the country.
The politician was picked up by Egyptian officials at the Rafah border crossing on Friday and driven to Cairo, the capital, where he was placed on a flight back to London.
On arriving at Heathrow airport, in the UK capital, Galloway said: "It's always been a badge of honor to be deported by a tin-pot dictator and that's what happened this morning.
"Having crossed the border from Gaza into Egypt ... my friend and I were bundled into a car, 25 officers, accepting no dissuasion, drove us straight to the airport, and basically forced us onto the plane."
Galloway said that at the steps of the plane a representative of the foreign ministry in Egypt had told him he had been declared 'persona non grata,' was being deported and was not welcome to return to Egypt.
The Respect Party MP has been vocal in his criticism of Egyptian authorities in recent days after their decision not to allow the convoy of about 200 vehicles to arrive in Egypt through the port at Nuweiba.
Cairo insisted that the aid be sent back through Syria and then by ferry to the port of El-Arish on the Mediterranean.
Egypt's foreign ministry later issued a statement on Friday confirming Galloway had been declared 'persona non grata' and would not be allowed to return to the country, accusing him of incitement over his criticism of the government.
An Egyptian police officer maintained that security personnel had only escorted Galloway for his own protection