Keith Ellison launches Twitter campaign for ElBaradei's release

Keith Ellison demands ElBaradei's release.

Keith Ellison demands ElBaradei's release.

Minneapolis Congressman Keith Ellison has taken to Twitter to denounce the government of Egypt as it tries violently to quash an uprising seeking the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Urging them on: Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the United Nations nuclear agency and 2005 Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mubarak has ordered ElBaradei to be put under house arrest. Ellison wants the peace activist released:


When you complete your ltr to WH for ppl of Egypt, ending house arrest of Elbaradei, tweet about it. Let's get busy!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

Let's DO something.10k ltrs to WH urging pressure on Egyptian govt to release of M. El-Baradei, stop violence against protestors. C'mon!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

Ppl of Egypt DESERVE freedom; I stand w/ them. Yes, I urge the gov't of Egypt to stop violence, excessive force.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

"Egypt today is one big prison," ElBaradei told the Guardian in London. "If the west is not going to speak out now, then when?"

He arrived in Egypt on Thursday, and was placed on house arrest after attending Friday prayers.

Al Jazeera English is livestreaming the riots. Here's AP tape: