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Ramy Issam’s Testimony on what happened to him yesterday at the hands of the Egyptian army. They are detainees who are still held in military prisons, and awaiting trial before military prosecutors. The TV displayed their images showing that they are thugs who were arrested.
My name is Rami Issam, 23 years old
I was in Tahrir Square with the rest of the protestors and demonstrators on Wednesday. March 9 At approximately 5 pm and a half we were surprised when the army along with a large group of armed civilians attacked the sit-in with bricks and stones. Alongside each other, they started breaking the tents, cutting the signs/banners, attacking all who are inside the circle with sticks and then started to arrest demonstrators. I was dragged by a group of soldiers beside the museum and was handed to Officers who then tied my hands and my feet.
They began to kick my body and face, and hit my back and feet with sticks, whips, pips, wires, and hoses.
Afterwards, they got an Electric detonator, the same kind that was used in the demonstrations and started electrifying different places in my body – with one device at first, then with more than one device at the same time. The military officers would leave me, throw stuff at my back, step on me, and throw shoes at my face. They cut my hair (It was long), and finally they put my face in the dirt and then filled my body with dust.
Lesson learned we hope: As the protesters numbers were not very big, the Army employed gunfire, threw molotov cocktails, used tasers, electric batons and clubs against protesters, and beat women. The Army seems to have coordinated the attack with the infamous plain-clothed thugs that seem to appear whenever convenient for the State Apparatus.
Trusting the Army in small numbers is obviously not wise as 30 peaceful civilian protesters are now being presented to the military prosecutor unit. Lawyers were denied access to this Military Court, and told that no protesters were detained.
Originally posted by Echtelion
This is so sadly predictable...
Violent, bloody counterrevolutions have happened so many times in Latin America, African and Asian countries over the last few decades... so I ask: what's the use of a non-violent, democratic revolution, when its ALWAYS doomed to meet such terrible ends?
I wouldn't trust hordes of protesters who take the streets and pretend to overthrow a violent, oppressive government, without any weapons or even commitment to defend themselves by any way possible. The results of this are BAD, all the time, no matter if it's paramilitary police, the Army. mercenaries or just violent gangs paid by the elite, they'll go loose brutalizing, murdering, raping people... for them it's open season, simply because they aren't facing a dangerous enemy, but PREYS.
Why... why there are still people who believe they can defeat an army of psychopaths with flags and shouts? Not that it's their fault or anything... just very, very naive, in a dangerous way.
The fact the UN is "watching" the situation only makes it worse.
Very sadedit on 10/3/11 by Echtelion because: (no reason given)