Channel 4 Report on Torture by the Army

يعني أيه: ثورة 25 يناير - أنا وأخويا وابن عمي وابن خالتي على الغريب؟

 أنا وأخويا وابن عمي وابن خالتي على الغريب بانر في التحرير بيقول

يعني أيه ثورة 25 يناير: أنا وأخويا وابن عمي وابن خالتي على الغريب؟

هل يعني كل أسره في مصر ضد بعض؟ ولا تحريض ضد الأجانب وأجنداتهم؟ ولا ده بانر ملوش معنى وخلاص؟

Arab Revolutions Board Game

Earlier I said:

No votes to university graduates

graph showing a positive correlation 0.78 between percentage of no votes in each governerate to the percentage of university graduates in each governerate

This chart means that the governerate with a higher percentage of university graduates is more likely to vote no in the last referendum.

You can access referendum results here.

Data from referendum will draw a new map of Egypt

It doesn't matter the outcome of the referendum. What matters is the detailed data that will come out. Given that fraud seems to be limited, the data may be very valuable.

Egypt at night from space

I think we can safely assume that most people who voted Yes were more convinced with ideas that are quite separate from the ideas of the No camp.

It's now common knowledge that the majority of the people who said Yes were basically people who were convinced by the arguments of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, remnants of the NDP, pro-stability and lets-just-get-the-country-back-to-normal-because-we-don't-really-know-anything mindset and for sure people who read the amendments and think they are good enough.

While the No people are mostly people who don't like the Muslim Brotherhood, or afraid of them, people who think that the amendments are not enough and aspire for a more radical change even if the cost a longer interim period. In short, a good percentage of people who were active as opposition on the ground since January 25 and on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope you got the idea. That these group are somehow sort of different to each other.

Assuming that most people did vote near to their homes. Which is another assumption but I doubt that there was a massive shuffle in the distribution of people across districts or perhaps governerates to let us say that this assumption is totally incorrect.

I think the detailed vote data, that will tell us the number of people who said Yes than No in each district, are incredibly important for presidential candidates and political parties. But let's focus on presidential candidates first.

Gadafi's mental state

Gadafi in a tuktuk holding an umbrella

Former head of the World Psychiatric Association professor Ahmed Okasha said today on OTV live that he doesn't have an exact diagnosis for Gadafi as he never examined him but says he should be treated involuntarily for being dangerous on others.

Said his last speeches showed thought disturbance, delusions of persecution 'the uprising being a plot by Osama Bin Laden' and other delusions like people of Libya are rats and all of them receive hallucinogens.

قبل توجيه أصابع الاتهام

وقعت حوادث عنف مؤسفة في اليومين أو الثلاثة الماضية ضد قسيس طعن حتى الموت في أسيوط وأضرمت النيران في منزل مملوكا لأسرة بهائية في سوهاج. تفاصيل الحدثين لاتزال غير معروفة، و لكن بدأت الناس في القاء الأتهامات.

هذه المرة اللوم يلقى على أمن الدولة أو مبارك أو المتبقى من رجاله. على الرغم من ان هذه الفرضية مشروعة ويجب أخذها في الأعتبار، فلا زال لا توجد أي أدلة أو حتى خبر مستفيض يوضح ما حدث. السبب أن الناس تعتقد أن أمن الدولة أو مبارك مسؤولان هو الخوف أنه قد تكون محاولة لأستخدام ورقة الطائفية القذرة للتفرقة بين الناس. وجعل من هم أكثر قلقا من الثورة وهم المسيحين الأقباط يتحولون ضدها.

وعلى حد فهمي فهم قلقون من التفاف غالبية السكان المسلم حول الاخوان المسلمين أو جماعات أخرى تؤيد ايديوليجيات إسلامية وإجبارهم علىها في حياتهم. وهو قلق مشروع جدا ويقلقني أنا أيضا.

امرأة مسيحية و أخرى مسلمة في نقاب بينما كان قسم الشرطة المقابل يطلق النار بالذخيرة الحية على المتظاهرين في 28 يناير. تصوير سارة كار.
سيدة مسيحية و أخرى مسلمة في نقاب بينما كان قسم الشرطة المقابل يطلق النار بالذخيرة الحية على المتظاهرين في 28 يناير. تصوير سارة كار.

في الأسابيع القليلة الماضية المصريين من مختلف الأديان أظهروا عروضا لا يمكن تخيلها من التعاطف تجاه بعضهم البعض. وقف المسلمون خارج الكنائس ليحموها خلال عيد الميلاد والمسحيين وقفوا يحمون المسلمين أثناء صلاتهم في ميدان التحرير. الكل كان ضد الارهاب والطغاين.

أحداث العنف تلك تأجج المشاعر.وأنا على يقين من أن كل من الارهاب والطغيان يقفا عاجزان أمام شعب يقف متحد بصلابة. ولكن في كثير من الأحيان يبالغ الاعلام في اظهار تلك الوحدة. وذلك ليتستر على مشاكل إجتماعية حقيقية ومهمة بين المسيحيين والمسلميين. وليست بالضرورة كلها عنف.

Before pointing fingers

Two deplorable acts of violence occurred in the past two or three days against a priest who was stabbed to death in Assiut and a house owned by a Bahaai family was set alight in Sohag. The details of both events are still not known, yet people started to point blame.

Translation of a video testimony of a protester shot by the police on the 28th of January in Cairo

This a very quick translation of this video testimony that was sent to me. I think it is very important and moving.

The video is slightly graphic near the end.

My name is Mohammed el-Faramawy

I joined the marches on the Friday of Anger on the 28th of January. I had a first aid bag on my back, I took it with me to Tahrir square to treat the injured, at around 1 the army entered.

We were near the Shoura council and the army asked us to let a group of anti-riot policemen, they told us the policemen were afraid and we should let them pass so they can join other policemen near the ministry of interior so they can retreat and go back home as a group.

We made a cordon, so they can pass safely. They passed while we greeted them. As soon as they reached the other end, their police officer gave them ammunition and order them to shoot us in the back. They started shooting at everyone.

I ran, I ran with a colleagues and hid in Shoura council. We entered and security told us to hide in there and not to be afraid but from across the other end of the council someone related to the ministry of interior pointed his gun and told us to run away right now and leave or he will start shooting. We told him that they are shooting live ammunition and if we go back we will be shot.

He said I'll kill you and started shooting. We all ran away.
While running a police officer stopped us and told us to raise our arms and give him our backs. He had a shot gun. Suddenly, while giving him our backs I saw the man in front of me with a hole in his back and he dropped down dead in front of. He was martyred.

Afterwards, I tried to run away. A bullet entered my left hip. I fell to the ground and all my fellow protesters fell on top of me, exactly like dominoes or chickens falling on top of each others.

Torture and police, what now?

AlJazeera English Inside Story aired a 25 minutes interview with psychiatrist Dr. Ahmed Okasha, Hisham Safie Eldin a former police officer and Wael Omar a film maker about torture and the relationship between people and the police.

The program showed some footage of police officers and policemen protesting in the past few days. But didn't interview anyone from El Nadim centre for rehabilitation of victims of torture, which is the only centre in Egypt that worked in psychological and medical rehabilitation of victims of torture and police violence, documented incidents of torture through tens of publications and provides legal aid n(I worked there for 3 years).

Not even anyone from any human rights organisation who may have worked with victims of torture was interviewed.

This made the program overlook many aspects of why torture is systematic in the country and didn't mention any of the reports of torture in the hands of the military police that are being reported in the past few weeks.

Dr. Okasha attributed the problems to lack of trust between people and the police due to the previous practices of the police in the past. And that some officers enjoyed the torture as a form of sadism. He also went on saying that torture is enjoyable to torturers because of opiates released in the brain and so on.