On Thursday May 19 we published a newly released videos: One showed the torture electric generators found when protesters raided an underground prison; the second video was of Hosni Mubarak’s security forces opening fire (an possibly killing) a protest that was already in custody.
Today (Tuesday May 24) Thomson Reuters is reporting that Hosni Mubarak is set to stand trial for the murder of protesters and could face the death penalty. The latest video showing the alleged killing of an unarmed, and incarcerated man recently emerged (CAUTION GRAPHIC)
A new video from the Egyptian revolution shows Mubarak security forces firing live ammunition at prisoners. It appears that one is killed. We all saw the regime using live rounds against the protesters in Tahrir Square in an attempt to put an end to the protests. But that practice of firing at dissidents also happened while those in the opposition were in custody; after the regime had control of these individuals. (live fire starts at 0:30)
Exposing the Tyrants-Piggipedia
Piggipedia is an online project that seeks to expose the crimes and abuses of Mubarak’s corrupt security forces. Activist Hossam al-Hamalawy has taken on this task. Flickr has deleted the photos he uploaded to help activists, and the entire world, see who in the regime needed to be investigated and/or prosecuted. A small obstacle for Hamalawy that was easily overcome.
When activists stormed the State Security offices in Nasr City they had video cameras on hand to show the underground prison cells. Former detainees were also on hand to describe (video) their experiences of torture at the hands of regime officials. Also, in the underground prison activists found a stash of the electrical generators used to torture Mubarak’s political opponents. Remember Lethal Weapon?
Look for al-Hamalawy and his Piggipedia project to help further expose the brutality used against the political opponents of Mubarak.
So much for the pro-democracy revolution in Egypt. The Cabinet sent off a proposal to the Egyptian military that would criminalize certain forms of protest. One part of the proposal is common sense: Laying high fines on anyone who damages property during an act of protest. But a broader measure in the proposal is too vague and will undoubtedly be misused to silence dissent with force.
Out with the New, In with the Old
Prison terms and high fines (upwards of $84,000) can also be applied to any acts of protest that “stop work”. In other words if a rally interferes, impedes, or stops any labor, protesters can find themselves charged. This measure is only supposed to be enforced under a state of emergency but in Egypt’s recent history that same “state of emergency” has been abused; one of the main reasons fueling the uprising
With the recent history of government oppression, use of violence, and organized campaigns to kill off dissent, the broadness of this proposed measure screams of a return to the status quo. The Egyptian government, for decades, has operated flawlessly in oppression. Now with a new government slowly forming the natural tendencies are to create stronger measures to ensure new leaders will not be removed through a similar uprising.
I learned of this proposal through a tweet by Wael Ghonim who linked to the story in almasryalyoum.com. Readers remember Ghonim as the Google employee who traveled to Egypt to participate in the protests.
He was arrested and upon his release admitted to being the creator of the “We are all Khaleed Sayed” Facebook page, a central organizing tool on the digital side of the uprising. But his fame and influence was cut short when he was supposed to give a speech in Tahrir Square but was pushed aside and replaced by radical cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qardawi.
A Radical Reception: ElBaradei Attacked
While Ghonim’s passion for the issue is admirable the actual strategy for revolutionizing Egypt’s government was so poorly handled that the dream is dying just as fast as it had emerged. Ghonim, a moderate by many standards was snubbed shortly after the goal of removing Mubarak was achieved.
The notion that a state with an extensively oppressive government, could go from their current condition into a functioning and free society with flashmobs via Twitter and Facebook is terribly irresponsible and nearly impossible. Add to that the fact that the society that allowed Ghonim to thrive was not a democracy but rather a republic. Empirical evidence shows that democracies fail miserably; but usually not before making the entire nation poor and oppressing its citizens natural rights. In reality the system that Ghonim wishes on the people he claims to love will set them up for increased repression blanketing every aspect of day to day life. The mediocre improvements in everyday life (employment, education, etc) over the past decade now have a fighting chance to be completely reversed
What happened to the soft-spoken son of Muammar al Gaddafi? New leaked video taken by a Gaddafi supporter shows Saif whooping up a crowd, assault rifle in hand, vowing to arm his supporters to take back lost ground.
Calling the protesters “nothing” and referring to them as “bums, brats, and druggies” Saif al Islam vows to return with more weapons so that they can sweep Tripoli clean of protesters. Gaddafi also hints at having them equipped in police gear and entering the protests undercover (very Cass Sunstein of him) Translation available in the description on youtube.
What happened to the respectable Saif al-Islam Gaddafi that was presented to us through the lens of the mainstream media?