Nonviolent activists in #Egypt’s prisons


In-JailThe number of nonviolent activists in Egyptian prisons is in thousands. However the mainstream media of the “free world” chose to ignore them and focus on a couple of International journalists (who also deserve solidarity). But why is such conditional support?

This article will not count them all, however it is an attempt to raise awareness to the current state of justice and human rights in Egypt and encourage only those who are sincere and genuinely supportive of human rights, to think about the double standards by the media and the world governments.

Al Mansoura ladies

Today, the 8th of February, is the date of their trial over trumped-up charges. They have been in jail since Nov 2013. Unfortunately they don’t match some people’s conditional solidarity policy. In a press release by Amnesty International dated 7 February 2014, Egypt is demanded to release women protesters facing trumped-up charges.

“The detention of the three women at Mansoura University is just another example of the mounting crackdown on protesters and free expression in Egypt. They are facing fabricated and illegitimate charges simply for exercising their rights. The authorities have displayed a brazen disregard for the right to peaceful assembly in recent months and have sought to clamp down on any form of dissent with a restrictive new protest law,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, MENA Deputy Director at Amnesty International.

“Amnesty International considers the women prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly. They have denied any involvement in the violence and this has been corroborated by the university security. It is baffling that they now may face life in prison.”

Three nonviolent anti government activists on trial over trumped-up charges.

Three anti government activists due to go on trial on Saturday 8 February over trumped-up charges. If convicted, they face up to life in prison.

Abrar Al-Anany 18 and Menatalla Moustafa 18, both are first year students at Mansoura University’s Faculty of Arts, and Yousra Elkhateeb, 21, a recent graduate from the same University with BA in English and Education. They were arrested on 12 November 2013 after clashes erupted on the university campus between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood.  They have been held at Mansoura’s Public Prison ever since, where they are each allowed only a weekly five-minute visit with their families.

The clashes, which broke out during a protest held by student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, lasted more than five hours and left at least 70 people injured.  After university security tried and failed to take control of the situation the university president called state security forces to intervene. They then entered the university campus with armoured vehicles and shot tear gas to disperse the students. At least 23 students were arrested, including the three women.

“Students who have been involved in violent acts should be dealt in accordance with the law and in line with Egypt’s human rights obligations. Students under the age of 18 must be treated according to juvenile justice rules,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

The Ministry of Interior did not allow the two students to have their books to study inside the prison and they were prevented from taking the end-of-semester exams.

The women are charged with belonging to a banned organization using “terrorist” methods – a charge regularly used by the authorities against those perceived to support the Muslim Brotherhood.  They are also charged with protesting without permission under Egypt’s restrictive new protest law as well as charges of thuggery, attacking security forces and destroying public property.

According to witnesses and the women’s lawyers, they were not involved in the clashes. The women had peacefully taken part in protests earlier but sought safety in a room at the university’s faculty of pharmacy when violence broke out.

Amnesty International has seen a copy of a letter from the security department at Mansoura University to the public prosecutor stating that the women did not take part in the violence and asking for their release.

“The authorities seem determined to punish anyone who expresses dissent, irrespective of facts,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

“The Egyptian authorities must stop treating peaceful protesters like criminals. The relentless crackdown on demonstrations, freedom of expression and independent reporting must end.”

Mohamed Soltan

Mohamed Soltan 25, a nonviolent Egyptian American citizen and OSU graduate, got arrested with 3 other youth on politically motivated charges on 8/25/2013.

Mohamed Soltan 25, a nonviolent Egyptian American citizen and OSU graduate, got arrested with 3 other youth on politically motivated charges on 8/25/2013.

Mohamed Soltan 25, is an Egyptian American citizen and Ohio State graduate who was arrested with three other Egyptian youth on August 25th of 2013. He strongly believes in nonviolence and supports the cause that promoted democracy, freedom and social justice for Egypt. Now he is held by the Egyptian police over politically motivated charges.

After months of illegal detention in Egypt’s infamous Torah prison, the prosecution’s allowance for renewing Mohamed’s temporary hold status every 15 days without bringing a shred of evidence against him forth ran out. When he finally stood before a judge, no evidence was presented and no argument was made, the judge simply ordered he be held for another 45 days.

In protest, Mohamed entered into a hunger strike immediately following the hearing on January 26th despite of his already fragile state. The Egyptian authorities bear the responsibility of his deteriorating health as they have stripped him of his most basic human rights and denied him much needed medical attention along with many other prisoners. You can get in touch with his campaign over Facebook, Twitter, or email on freemohamedsoltan@gmail.com . You can also sign the petition to free him. His first hearing is also set to the 8th of February,

Al Azhar Detainees

24 detainees in Egyptian prisons embark on hunger strike and nobody cares in the human rights orgies of the "free world"

24 detainees in Egyptian prisons embark on hunger strike and the “free world” is silent.

This sheet includes details about 24 more detained ladies who have also embarked on a hunger strike. They thought that the “free world” will spend at least a single article investigating their cases. Reporting on their struggle. After all, the whole concern there is about “human rights” and so. However they thought wrong.

The young students are being accused of also a batch of trumped-up and political charges and are not being treated as students, i.e., in accordance with the law and in line with Egypt’s human rights obligations.

That’s not all

That was a very short glimpse on the state of justice in Egypt. Thousands more are in prisons and we will be talking about them more, as the “free world” and its “revolutionary-icons” refuse to firmly stand in solidarity from a human rights perspective, regardless of affiliation.

The detainees above are not guilty and all the charges against them are made up by the regime. However, if we assume for the sake of argument that they did any of the charges above. Is that the real reason why the “free world” is ignoring them? For example, compare the mainstream media response in the case of Pussy Riot and in the cases above and you will get the answer.

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Justification of violence both ways! | #Egypt


Look at these two tweets by the same “journalist”.

One on May 2013 (Morsi officially heads the police):
“Till when will the police use a soft hand on the thugs who attack the police in daylight, destroy and burn their cars? America treats them as terrorists”

The other on January 2014 (same police, no Morsi):
“Each officer who kills a citizen deserves the immediate murder. Their names, faces and locations are well known. What remains is deciding the time of retribution.”

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Egyptian journalist calling for murder of policemen and also for treating protestors as terrorists!

Is he helping “the cause” this way? Or is he harming the people on the ground by saying what he won’t dare to do himself?

Tell us what you think.

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Human Rights for All? | #Egypt


Let’s assume you are looking for facts regarding the level of freedom and human rights in Egypt. Especially after the ouster of that president you disliked and endorsed his removal, of course because he was “a big threat to democracy”! So you switch on your PC, and start searching: “Egypt hunger strike”, … click.

What kinds of headlines do you expect to get from the “independent mainstream media” except all unbiased coverage and professional reportage? How about those famous “Human rights” organizations which you have no doubt about their integrity? … Unbiased reports with facts of course, regardless of the activists’ affiliation, you might think! Wait a minute. This is the big lie they want you to believe as this article demonstrates.

We will run a small experiment. Searching Google for news and web results on the term “Egypt hunger strike” in the interval between 26/12/2013 and 2/2/2014, which is a period that has witnessed several such incidents. Were it all reported equally? Let’s see.

What you get

Reports about journalists in Egyptian prisons, especially Mr Abdullah Elshamy who embarked on hunger strike and was so lucky to grab the attention of Mr Robert Mackey of the NYT. Mr Elshamy’s story of course deserves to be reported by everyone, on the DNE, the Guardian, Democracy Now and a list too long to mention here. Not to mention the UN Human Rights office of course.

Not only journalists were able to grab the attention of the “free world” by their empty stomachs but also “revolutionary icons” (as the media loves to call them). The well known April 6 Movement activists Ahmed Maher, Mohammed Adel, and Ahmed Douma. Their hunger strike was very much noticeable by the mainstream media, scoring a good number of news reports detailing their story.

Others such as AlArabiya will also speak about “hunger strikes”, but only in the way that matches the foreign policy of the Saudis.

Keep digging. Aren’t there any “other” news about detained activists embarking on hunger strike? Seems so! Unless the above mentioned organizations are not reporting it. In fact there are.

What you don’t get

24 detainees in Egyptian prisons embark on hunger strike and nobody cares in the human rights orgies of the "free world"

24 detainees in Egyptian prisons embark on hunger strike, but who cares in the human rights organizations of the “free world”

What you don’t get from the above agencies are reports about the 24 detained ladies who also chose to take the same path of their counterparts above, i.e., embark on a hunger strike. They thought that the “free world” will spend at least a single article investigating their cases. Reporting on their struggle. After all, these organizations are all about “human rights” and so. They were wrong.

What about them? Their names, accusations, type of treatment, and so on. We obtained some of their details from an Al-Azhar University Students group. The obtained list is in Arabic, and we are working on its translation and will be publishing its summary in English when done for those who are sincere about wanting to know.

Question marks

Now that we have seen the difference, from dozens of articles by the mainstream media and human rights organizations on “the suffering revolution-icons”, to a number of zero articles on the “other” revolutionary ladies.
Why do you think is that?

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The third anniversary of the revolution (January 25): Survey of incidents and the victims of the events


Reblogged from Wiki Thawra

The third anniversary of the revolution (January 25): Survey of incidents and the victims of the events

خلال الذكري الثالثة لثورة 25 يناير, ووجهت تظاهرات إحيائها بعنف شرطي بالغ أسفر عن سقوط العديد من القتلي والمصابين وتخلل ذلك 95 واقعة اشتباك أو قبض منفصلة في 21 محافظة. خلال يوم 25 يناير 2014 في عهد السيسي/عدلي منصور, تم حصر 103 قتيل في 5 محافظات مختلفة مما تم التوصل إليه (قتيل المحافظة  السادسة بني سويف تبين مقتله في واقعة يوم 24-1 وليس 25-1), وتم حصر أولي 277 مصاب مما تم التوصل إليه, وأيضاُ حصر 1341 من المقبوض عليهم. مع مراعاة أن الحصر هنا لا يشمل وقائع هجمات مسلحة أو تصنيفات أخري من الوقائع, وسيتم ادراجها في الحصر النهائي تبعاُ للفترة الزمنية التي حدثت خلالها.

اقرأ المزيد

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#OpEgypt: Protestors shoot down a comrade #Egypt [slow motion]


Video showing “pro-Morsi” protestor shooting a comrade down with a bullet in the chest. Appears to be in Alexandria. Recorded in 2013. Exact date and location needs investigation.

Does the man in pink shirt belong to them or passing by? Who is on the other side, security or residents? When is the exact date? Where exactly was this video recorded?

It seems he was holding a sword and shield that he dropped the moment he fell.

This doesn’t mean that all demonstrations are like this. We don’t know. But it means for sure that not anyone killed with a “live bullet in the chest” is the victim of the police. It sounds like some theory until you see it happening in front of you. Suddenly you disbelieve in everything. The police kills. The regime lies. But the story is not that simple.

Related:
Hidden Hands
Robert Fisk shocking gun account

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#OpEgypt #Egypt: “Pro-Morsi” clash with army in #Suez. 10-1-2014


Unauthenticated video showing a civilian wounded in the back.

It’s possible that he was unarmed, just throwing stones, or maybe trying to film the scene. However, in the same video, from behind the victim, an “armed element” (within other unarmed protestors) appears firing towards the armored military vehicle [t=1:18~1:20].

No single person from the “protestors” was later seen trying to stop the

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Peaceful Lies? | #Egypt


Their English speaking outlets will say “violent incidents are made by

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#Egypt’s “prominent activists” leaking badly! 001


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On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the

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#OpEgypt: Pro-Morsi publish their “hit list” V0.1


“Pro-Morsi” publish a list of names and details of cops who have allegedly participated in the August 14th incident in Rabaa square, Nasr City, Cairo.

The list is posted on one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s official local websites, in Arabic only, to maintain their “we are peaceful” English narrative posted on English forums and websites. List is here, with a pastie that exceeded 40K hits in 2 days. The list includes personal details of the policemen.

This pastie seems to be a work in progress with several entries not yet complete. In the meantime, dozens of fanatic minded social forums and websites use the pastie in their inflammatory posts, promoting more massacres. They call their operation the memory of retribution.

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A Nonviolent Muslim Brotherhood? | #OpEgypt #Egypt


Article by Ibrahim el-Houdaiby  at the Middle East Institute on Oct 04, 2013

Three months after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood remains in shock. In two and a half years, the group went full circle, from an outlawed organization to one that won a plurality in parliamentary elections and saw its candidate win the presidential election, to that president’s ouster a year later and the subsequent court verdict ordering the group’s shutdown. During this short journey, the Brotherhood shifted alliances. At times it paired with civil forces against Islamist “extremists,” and at others it allied with the military and state actors against revolutionaries—and vice versa. It paid a heavy price for this alternation of alliances, as it led to a drop in public support. The Brotherhood is now paying an even higher price for its ongoing alliance with

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