Outcome of 25 January: Three dead,
tens injured, and hundreds kidnapped.
Rubber bullets, tear gas, electric sticks,
and technical attack on activists
Cairo 26 January 2011 - 4:00 AM - FRONT TO DEFEND EGYPT PROTESTERS
The FDEP said today the outcome of the protests today was the death of at least three protesters and the injury of tens of Egyptians in addition to hundreds of people kidnapped in central security camps in Cairo and other governorates.
This confirms the Egyptian government's determination to violate the rights of Egyptian citizens to peaceful assembly and protest and to commit crimes against the Egyptian people and citizens who have peacefully assembled in different areas in Cairo and other governorates. Egyptian security used against protesters rubber bullets, tear gas bombs, electric sticks, and water pipes.
The outcome of the protests also confirmed the control Egyptian authorities have over the Internet. A number of news websites were blocked and some of them were disabled. In addition, the Egyptian government with the cooperation of the three communication companies (Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat) suspended a number of mobile lines belonging to activists. These included emergency lines of the FDEP.
The outcome of the day was that those injured are being terrorised by arresting those who went to hospitals for medical attention. This was the case in Imbaba hospital. FDEP lawyers were banned from communicating with one of the victims named Amr.
Revolutions spread by the domino effect. And the Tunisian revolution
against Ben Ali proved to be a major source of inspiration to the Egyptian
people, in the same way that Egyptian dissent over the past five years has
proven also to be a catalyst for other Arab people to step up their fight
against their dictators and also in the same fashion that the Palestinian
intifada in 2000 steered the Arab street into action.
We are living in the age of satellite TV stations and the age of social media.
Whenever dissent explodes in one area, the imagery can be
transmitted to other areas. And people here in Egypt can draw
parallels between Ben Ali and Mubarak.
We don't have only one Ben Ali in the Arab world;
we have 22 Ben Alis, and they all need to go.
And the chants yesterday that the people were chanting in Cairo
and in the provinces were very similar to the chants that our Tunisian
brothers and sisters have been chanting over the past few weeks in
their uprising. We salute their struggle, and we hope that we can
pay them back by overthrowing our dictator.
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