Last week, a group of 1500 Coptic Christian protesters were attacked during a peaceful rally against attacks on their churches. This attack left 26 dead and over 200 wounded.
I followed this on twitter with a young Egyptian who tweeted what he saw that night and I would like to share some of the tweets here.
Tweets: Terrifying reports from Maspero of peaceful protesting Copts getting shot at and run over by army vehicles. Will try to head there shortly.
A group chanting “Islamiya” and “There is no God but Allah” holding a bloodied man they caught just passed under october bridge. Terrifying.
Just saw a group of half naked “civilians” beat and drag an old protester then hand him to the army.
Heard a muslim guy urging other protesters, “lets head to the front, I’m not gonna let the Christians take a bullet alone.”
This same young man tweeted the following afterwards: I’ve come to the full realization of how SCAF has made me despise my country’s own Army. Wouldn’t want to serve in it after their massacre.
So it’s almost certain now that the “soldiers been killed” story was made up by a fuming TV anchor. Not surprised, just more disgusted.
“Did Army kill protesters? No. Do we know who killed them? No. Is that an intelligence failure? No” This is the kind of people ruling Egypt.
Yes, the Army’s principle is that it doesn’t disclose its casualties. Except, well, when they’re killed by Israel and it’s a good diversion.
Can’t get rid of the disfigured bodies and screaming mourning mothers out of my head. Second night in a row with nightmares.
The same young man linked to this article: “…The Egyptian army claims that its soldiers were not armed with live ammunition and that they were themselves attacked by the protesters before they began to defend themselves, while the Coptic Church has issued a statement saying that suspicious elements infiltrated the peaceful march and instigated the riots. The army has even tried to wash its hands of the blood of those killed under the wheels of army vehicles by claiming that some of its armoured vehicles had been stolen on that day.
It is difficult to understand what the Egyptian army could gain by planning and executing such a cold-blooded massacre at a time when it already has many problems on its hands and when most political forces in the country are calling for a speeding up of the process of transferring power to civilians. Some commentators have argued that an incident of this sort could have been intended to provide the military with an opportunity to prolong its rule by declaring martial law and postponing the elections. However, the measures taken the day after the massacre intended to bring about reconciliation do not point to any such scenario. It was officially announced on Tuesday as I write this column that a single law governing the construction of both churches and mosques will be issued before the end of this month and that new articles outlawing discrimination against religious minorities will be added to the penal code. Finally, a full investigation into the incident is also to take place…” Read here: A Coptic Massacre?