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Wednesday 2nd May 2012 @ Abbasseya, Cairo
"The thugs who carried out the attacks were on foot and had their faces covered... [They used] live bullets, molotov cocktails, bricks and tear gas..."
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17920053
At a guess, these thugs are on a mission armed with equipment akin to that used by security police and armed forces.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/cairo-protest-violence-kills-20/story-fn6s850w-1226345318554
"There appears to be no will within Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to prevent these tragic events. After the weekend attack, the authorities should have been prepared for the violence."
The eyes speak, but of what ... victim questioning his fate or thug paid off ?~ it's difficult to see beyond the gore. Images like this begin to confuse rather than clarify.
However, one thing is clear: the people have no protection. Any peaceful protest is threatened by the infiltration of savage thuggery before it can resume any momentum of its own. Even for those who choose to remain in the comfort of their own homes, security in Egypt has become little more than an elusive luxury.
Among laypeople, speculation varies vastly. Covert scenarios, conspiracies and orchestration appear to be manifold so that confusion rather than clarification is the overriding predicament. Some believe thugs are a natural progression of an anarchic and misguided protest movement while others believe they are simply armed forces in civilian clothes or stripped to their underwear. Furthermore, there is a growing clash between imported extremism and regular folk. Egyptians of all generations are used to diverse cultural backgrounds co-existing peacefully in their communities but there now appears a growing rift in that very rooted ideology. Some believe it is due to Islamist extremism while others are convinced the divide is enforced through plain and simple funding. Perhaps it would be equally fair to say that many believe the two are not necessarily separate and that furthermore they can be exploited and used to turn the tide back to 'old regime'.
Dr. Mohamad Elewa is witness to events.
In an interview with presenter Yosri Foda, Dr. Elewa describes how armed individuals of a non-determinable source turned the hospital 'Dar el-Shifa' to which the greater number of the injured and dead were delivered, into a slaughterhouse. Upon entry of non-determinable individuals, a residing patient had his belly slit open which led to instant death. More often than not, accompanying victims and casualties are anxious family members. This appears to have allowed this insidious and unrelated entity to infiltrate the hospital grounds. The security police, armed forces and Ministry of Interior affairs were all notified immediately and no less than a dozen times but none appeared on the scene until events had severely escalated and innocent family of the injured and dead, grouped up by Intensive Care Units and mortuary were brutally gunned down. Dr. Elewa says the scene was one resembling a civil war.
Nobody knows who is responsible.
One thing, says Dr. Elewa is clear: 'Even if we were to put all conspiracies aside, where are armed forces and security police when needed? Succinctly he adds: 'Why do the armed forces assume it is okay to rule us when they see it as unnecessary to protect us?'
The public prosecutor himself was assaulted upon arrival on the scene and the web of intrigue and deception grows so wide it engulfs every possible angle left open to question and the people's morale is like glass crushing under pressure.
Civilians whether protesting or not appear to be capable of little else than to await more of the same, each time with a little more gore and a little more unfathomableness involved.
But if the revolution has taught us anything it's that although spirits may be broken, ever new determination and cries for justice rise tangibly over and over again from the embers of anguish and horror.
Yosri Foda interview submitted by Sh.elS