Archive | August 15, 2013

Bloody Wednesday

Bloody Wednesday

It was half way through the month of Ramadhan that it began to sink in.  A deep sense of betrayal was felt by the common man, woman, and child – the track to a democratic vote derailed, personal interests manipulated, and the fulool/Egypt’s deep state back reinstituting old ways with undeniable vengeance – a rude awakening.  This realization came in waves from denial, shame (for those who participated in some way). The timing of the coup, just before Ramadhan, was in the expectation that the commoners would settle down. At first, they did not as the lawlessness of the year long counter-revolutionary agenda of instability surfaced the fact that ousted President Mursi was set up, and framed by the fulool and the ‘new normal’ of criminality made Ramadhan seem nonexistent. But it was Ramadhan, and the dark night of the soul began to surface as reflection set in with the approach of layl-ul-tul Qadr.

By the eve of Eid ul Fitr it was a deadly silence, remiss of the jubilation as echoed through the Takbir that goes with Eid, but the mist was beginning to clear as the embattled struggle between the people and the state, the 1% and the 99% whose energy enriches only the 1%.

Inviting Israel to send drones down on the geographical and energetic center of the world, Sinai, served as further confirmation for the SCAF supporters and the return lf the military secret police manifesting as anti-Sisi graffiti even on the walls of the British Embassy.

The tables have turned as the pains of what the program of instability have reduced society to, at the cost of the blood, sweat and tears of the people. Short-sighted Lower Egypt that vilified Upper Egypt for voting in Mursi, have had their operation, and only time will tell if the tumor of self interest has been successful. As veteran journalist Robert Fisk noted:

“Why does the Egyptian crisis appear so simple to our political leaders yet so complicated when you actually turn up in Cairo?”

The small voice of some of the original January 25th revolutionary youth surfaced, and though not pro-Mursi, he represented the revolutionary process that the divided Security Forces and the fulool usurped.

The third day of Eid passed in as much silence as the third, and a fourth day was claimed by many of the people from an Eid that was relegated as all Eid under Mubarak, to the weekend. By August 8 2013, adrenaline has been flowing amongst the natives as 15 more days detention was slapped onto Mursi, along with sit-ins around Lower Egypt.

The media represented the fulool and what news there has been moves from person to person with the news blackout on anything slightly pro-Mursi, and the shutdown of the Internet. August 14  2013 was the last day for one Egyptian wife who was fatally shot in her head on her way to visit her husband in hospital. Branches of a Tawhid ul Nour, a Muslim Brotherhood clothes outlet under fire (repeaters/machine guns)with a self-imposed interim government began to taste the bitterness of their own medicine. Tucked in the volatile Cairo governorate of Giza was a teacher making her third attempt to return home to Pakistan, with the first attempt thwarted by the theft of her purse by the taxi driver she was about to pay on arrival at the travel agents. Unable to leave her home with her three children, as the news of 2,000+ deaths began to surface, and a 7.00pm – 6.00am curfew implemented with the good news that the unelected president, Al-Baradei resigning under the pretense of the curfew!

It is the people, to the dismay of the Egyptian and global elite alike who will decide, whether it be through compliance, or affirmative action.

Riot police watch the Morsi encampment burn.

A Day Of Rage

Death Toll Mount as ‘Day of Rage’ Across Egypt

Egypt’s day of shame

By Alastair Beach

 

As machine gun fire crackled around the besieged Islamist encampment in eastern Cairo today, a 12 year-old boy called Omar was sat on a mattress drinking from his carton of orange juice. Just a few yards away, the bodies of 31 protesters lay on the grubby, blood-caked floor.

Many had been shot through the head and chest with high velocity bullets; some bore gnarled lips betraying the agonising throes of death.

When asked how he felt to witness such scenes, the young boy – wearing Puma flip-flops and blue jeans – remained silent and appeared confused for a few moments. Then, with childlike fragility, he said very simply: “It’s not very nice”.

Whatever else the Egyptian state was hoping to achieve by launching its long-awaited crackdown, the hundreds of young children who were cowering inside the besieged sit-in will not likely forget the ferocity of a government which has now declared war on the country’s Islamists.

Egypt’s leaders have unleashed a chain of unforeseeable consequences. Deadly clashes were reported in provinces around the country, as police stations, government institutions and Coptic churches were attacked in apparent revenge attacks.

Scores were killed, hundreds more injured.

In a sign of how deeply the crackdown will affect Egypt’s ongoing political transition, Mohamed el-Baradei, the vice President and Nobel laureate, resigned in protest over the crackdown. Meanwhile Egypt’s interim government has imposed a month-long state of emergency and night time curfew.

Inside the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque, the building which lies at the heart of the east Cairo encampment, crying babies clung to their mothers as gunfire raged around them following the start of the operation.

In the centre of the prayer hall, laid out on the carpet among hundreds of women and toddlers in the stifling heat, ten bodies had been placed side by side inside a cordon.

A little girl of about seven or eight, wearing pink trousers and a T-shirt, made her way from one side of the mosque to the other by tottering between the heads of the corpses.

“The police and the army don’t understand any language except force,” said Khalid Mohsen, a 50-year-old engineer who was trapped inside the siege. “They want to kill anybody who has an opposing view.”

Given the sheer level of firepower unleashed on protesters, it is a view which many Islamists may find hard to argue with.

According to witnesses the gunfire began early in the morning at around six o’clock, as security forces who had surrounded the site launched their ferocious assault. At a separate encampment in the west of the city, a similar operation was also ordered.

By late afternoon the shooting was still continuing. Heavy semi-automatic bursts of gunfire echoed around the nearby suburbs throughout the day. If there was any let up, it was brief. For about 10 hours, the supporters of Mohamed Morsi were subjected to a near-continuous barrage of live fire.

Single sniper shots shrieked down Nasr Road, the main thoroughfare leading through the camp; sustained bursts of machine gun fire clattered into nearby buildings; wayward rounds shredded through the labyrinthine networks of tents and tarpaulin shacks.

At the nearby hospital, staff draped the windows with blinds as a precaution against sniper rounds.

One doctor at the hospital, who gave his name only as Ahmed, said that even the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008 had not been as bad.

“I was working there as a medic during that battle,” he told The Independent. “The Jews were much more humane that what is happening today. Even in war, the rules are more respectable than this.

“In 12 days of fighting in Gaza, there were less dead than in six hours here.”

Amid the dizzying chaos of the massacre – the third which has been perpetrated against Egypt’s Islamists in a little over a month – reliable casualty figures were difficult to come by.

According to Egypt’s Health Ministry, 149 people were confirmed dead. Yet the true figure is likely to be much higher. Dr Hisham Ibrahim, the head of the Rabaa al-Adawiya field clinic, told The Independent that several hundred people had been killed.

Whatever the final tally, the constant stream of bullet-riddled, disfigured protesters meant it was impossible to store the corpses properly. Inside a room which during the previous two massacres has been used as a morgue, 42 bodies were crammed up against each other on the floor.

As the carnage unfolded and more protesters were killed, other areas were appropriated to house the dead.

Behind the stage which has been used by Islamist leaders to rally pro-Morsi supporters for the past six weeks, 25 bodies were laid out wrapped in white shawls, unrefrigerated in the sweltering August sun.

Next to the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque – where flies were soon gathering on the ten corpses laid out in the prayer hall – another room being used as a makeshift morgue.

A total of 31 bodies had been placed here. Volunteers had no time for sentimentality; the same hall was being used to treat wounded protesters, many of whom were lying moaning in agony just yards from the nearby cadavers.

“It’s a genocide,” said Dr Yehia Makkayah, a medic at the Rabaa hospital. “They want us to disappear from the country. I could never imagine that Egyptians would shoot Egyptians using these weapons.”

Such was the chaos inside the hospital, a reception area on the second floor had been utilised as yet another morgue to store a further 26 bodies. One floor up in a tiny storeroom, two more corpses were lying in gleaming pools of fresh blood.

Corridors barely two yards wide were lined with dozens upon dozens of wounded. Luckier patients received drip feeds from a friend or relative; those who were luckier still had the luxury of a hospital bed. The floors were sticky with blood and vomit.

The sheer volume of the dead and the dying meant it was often impossible to move up and down the main staircase. Injured protesters, most of them felled by live fire, were stretchered up to the operating rooms, blood trickling from their wounds as they went. The dead were stretchered in the other direction, down to the lower level morgues.

“The army are the dogs of the Israelis,” said Mohamed Mostafa, a vet who was keeping vigil at the bedside of his brother-in-law, a 36-year-old whose spine had been shattered by a bullet. “They are not Egyptians.”

At the main morgue beside the field clinic, the mother of one victim, 16-year-old Malik Safwat, struggled to reach him through the tightly-packed rows of corpses.

“Don’t move that body,” said one of the morgue attendants to a volunteer trying to clear a path. “Move a lighter one.” She eventually found him, tearfully shaking his left knee from side to side as if to try and wake him up. His sister had also arrived. “My darling,” she said in a trembling voice. “Why my darling?”

By around 5pm, the security services had gained access to the hospital and were clearing everybody out into the surrounding streets. Thousands of people began filing out of the camp, as police bulldozers moved in to destroy the remaining tents.

Condemnation as death toll nears 300 mark

Amid the dizzying chaos of the massacre – the third which has been perpetrated against Egypt’s Islamists in a little over a month – reliable casualty figures were difficult to come by.

Egyptian state news agency said 235 were killed across the country today and 2,001 were injured. Yet the true figure is likely to be much higher. The Associated Press news agency reported 278 deaths. And at least 250 have died since the army seized power last month.

From Press TV

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned Egypt’s “use of force” against supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi and the ensuing deadly violence.

“I am deeply concerned at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt, and regret the loss of life on all sides,” Hague said in a statement. “I am disappointed that compromise has not been possible. I condemn the use of force in clearing protests and call on the security forces to act with restraint,” he added.

Mursi supporters and opponents as well as security forces have been involved in clashes since his ouster on July 3.

on Monday, the Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance called on all people to stage nationwide rallies against the raids on their sit-ins.

Egyptian capital Cairo turned into a de facto battle zone afterwards when security forces stormed massive pro-Mursi camps by armored vehicles and bulldozers, in scenes described by pro-Mursi protesters as a massacre.

According to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the bloody crackdown on protest sit-ins has left at least 2,200 people killed and 10,000 others injured in Cairo.

Hague also called on “leaders on all sides” to work to reduce violence saying steps toward “dialogue and reconciliation” will not be possible amid fighting.

A Reuters photographer has been shot and injured while covering the clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo. Asmaa Waguih was shot in the foot on Wednesday and was receiving treatment for the bullet wound, Reuters reported.

Earlier in the day, UK news channel Sky News said that its cameraman — 62-year-old Mick Deane — was shot and killed while covering the violent clashes in Cairo.

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The evening of the first day of the curfew, a curfew not acknowledged by everyone, particularly some businesses, youth, and some questionable looking men with mobiles.

A young man trying to convince another about the elections , and verbatim dialogue on Egyptian state TV on the virtues of 30 June/July – claimed as a revolutionary day when Obama-like ‘change’ took place. Hopefully they can convince their captured audience of the actions of SCAF and the unelected interim government, and their anti-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda, transferring every crime committed by them to the naive and short-sighted, and embittered Ikwan. Anti-American sent is strong probably because the backing they sought instead came from Saudi Arabia, a relationship now deemed honorable, though hacked to death under Mursi – after all it is where they got their funding to clamp down on protesters in the manner in which they did.

To add to the captured audience, something happened that would never happen with the youth of the January 25 revolt, the fulool backed Tamarud youth – organizers of the protests that led to the ousting of Mursi, were allowed to present their full speech – a speech ‘reminding’ the audience that they asked for this, and how it was a part of the change — the Thawra as if to give credibility to the slaughter that has taken place. The overtones were distasteful as if to re-program the audience that they “agreed” and the means justifies the end. The question is who were the audience given the great loss of credibility Egyptian state TV suffered under the January 25 revolt. The 2 million signatures they said they obtained to get rid of Mursi? Just to round off, they replay old touristic programs to encourage tourists to come!

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