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Egyptian women march to condemn stripped man incident

Egyptian women march to condemn stripped man incident | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A women’s march organised by independent women’s group Baheya Ya Masr takes place today at 4pm, beginning at Talaat Harb Street and continuing to the Egyptian High Court of Justice.

The march comes in response to the now infamous incident involving Hamada Saber, who was captured on camera naked being beaten and dragged across the ground by Central Security Forces (CSF) last Friday. (Daily News Egypt)

 

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Islamist coalition demands violent protests be criminalized

Islamist coalition demands violent protests be criminalized | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Islamist groups, including the Freedom and Justice Party, have come together to demand protests running counter to state interests be criminalized to preserve national security.
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"In a statement released on Tuesday, they said the Interior Ministry must take action to penalize those behind recent violent protests throughout the country and reopen Tahrir Square to traffic." (Egypt independent)


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En Égypte, les violences policières attisent la colère

En Égypte, les violences policières attisent la colère | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
La mort d'un manifestant «disparu» place Tahrir a provoqué de nouveaux heurts lundi soir à Tantah, dans le delta du Nil . Les opposants demandent une refonte de l'appareil policier.
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En Égypte , la colère est toujours à son comble. Lundi soir, de violents heurts ont éclaté à Tantah, dans le Delta du Nil, lors des funérailles de l'activiste Mohammed al-Guindi, décédé à la suite de sévices infligés par la police. Très remontés, des manifestants ont jeté des pierres sur les forces de l'ordre venues encadrer le cortège. Ces dernières ont aussitôt répliqué par des tirs de grenades lacrymogènes et de chevrotine. Le ministère de la Santé fait état d'au moins 18 blessés.

Âgé de 28 ans et membre du parti du Courant populaire de Hamdine Sabahi, Mohammed al-Guindi avait disparu le 25 janvier sur la place Tahrir. Ce jour-là, la foule s'était rassemblée pour commémorer les deux ans du soulèvement anti-Moubarak et dénoncer le «détournement» de la révolution par le président Morsi. Le jeune activiste était retrouvé quatre jours plus tard dans le coma, à l'hôpital Dar al-Hilal. Son avocat, Mohammed Abdel Aziz, avait confié au Figaro qu'il disposait de preuves et de témoignages selon lesquels Mohammed al-Guindi avait été torturé dans un camp tenu par la police, avant d'être emmené à l'hôpital. Selon un premier rapport médical, il a été battu avec des objets contondants. Ses tortionnaires lui ont vraisemblablement brisé les côtes et fait subir des chocs électriques. (Delphine Minoui/Le Figaro)

 

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Police brutality persists two years after Egypt revolution: Rights activists

According to the report, 225 people have been detained from the vicinity of Cairo's Tahrir Square since the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, which coincided with mass rallies against the government and President Mohamed Morsi.
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Those detained have included minors who were subject to torture and days-long incarceration at Central Security Forces (CSF) training camps, the report asserts. Detentions were officially said to have been "pending investigation," but according to the report's authors, detentions were generally employed as punishment and were unnecessary to investigations.

 

The report notes one case in particular in which 12 young people – including eight minors – were referred to the Abbasiya prosecutor's office. The young people had reportedly suffered injuries as a result of police torture and were therefore detained for four days "pending investigation."

 

Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement also released a statement on Sunday asserting that one of its members, Hossam El-Din Abdel-Hamid, had gone missing. The youth group alleged that Abdel-Hamid had been detained, suggesting that that the interior ministry had refrained from referring him to prosecutors – along with others who had been detained with him – in order to conceal the torture he had been subject to at the hands of police.

 

"Abdel-Hamid was brutally beaten and is suffering from a severe injury and has not been referred to the prosecution until this minute," April 6 stated. "When we asked about him we were told by a police officer that he had been moved to the Khalifa Police Station…but when we went there to ask about him we were told he was at the Qasr El-Nil Police Station and there they again denied his presence."

 

The rights activists' report echoed the youth group's allegations, stating that many of those reported missing were later found to have been illegally detained, mostly in the Gabal El-Ahmar and Tora CSF training camps. Unlike prisons or police stations, neither of these facilities represent official detention centres.

 

"Most of those arrested [estimated at more than 600 since 25 January] are now being detained in CSF camps that are not made or equipped for detention," Malek Adly, a rights lawyer and one of the report's authors, told Ahram Online. "Unlike prisons or police stations, these camps aren't equipped to provide prisoners with meals, so detainees are often left without food or water for long periods."

 

The report added that since detainees were not referred to prosecutors they lacked any access to family members or lawyers.

 

Only after the media had exposed cases of missing persons, the report continued, eight of them were finally referred to the Qasr El-Nil prosecutor's office on 30 January – following five days of illegal detention. Abdeen's criminal court later ordered their immediate release, arguing that the means by which they were detained had been illegal. (Ahram Online)

 

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Egypte : La tension persiste

Al Qarra - Malgré un retour au calme dans les rues du Caire, la tension demeure enEgypte. Ce weekend des heurts ont eu lieu entre manifestants et forces de police.

Cette nouvelle vague de violences qui a débuté le 24 janvier, à la veille du second anniversaire du renversement de Hosni Moubarak a déjà fait près de 60 morts.

Malek Awny, analyste politique d’Al Ahram

« Ce qui a relancé la violence dans le pays a été le verdict du procès de Port-Saïd. Des milliers de personnes se sont opposés à la cour et ont contesté les décisions de la justice »

Les manifestants ont tenté de forcer à plusieurs reprises le palais présidentiels. Aux cocktails molotov, les forces de sécurité ont répondu par des gaz lacrymogènes.

La multiplication des affrontements symbolise pour beaucoup le fossé qui se creuse entre le pouvoir et l’opposition.

Malek Awny, analyste politique d’Al Ahram

« Depuis deux ans, nous avons vu plusieurs vagues de violence contre le pouvoir . Ce n’est pas la première fois et la violence va continuer ».

Le parti de la Liberté et de la Justice, dont est issu Mohamed Morsi a d’ailleurs accusé la coalition de l’opposition, le Font de salut national, d’attiser la tension.

Il y a quelques jours, toutes les parties s’étaient engagées à faire cesser et à prévenir tout nouvel accès de violence.

La vidéo d’un homme âgé, maltraité par la police a par ailleurs scandalisé le pays et accentué un peu plus la colère contre le pouvoir.

A tel point que le convoi d’Hicham Qandil, le Premier Ministre, a été pris pour cible  par les manifestants qui lui ont jeté des pierres et des bouteilles.

Le Front de salut national qui s’était abstenu de demander le départ de Mohamed Morsi a fait Volte-face et a déclaré dans un communiqué «  se ranger au côté des forces vives qui demandent la chute du régime »

L’opposition a également demandé une enquête indépendante sur la mort de dizaines de manifestants et a affirmé vouloir poursuivre en justice le Président de la République.

Si pour l’heure les affrontements ont cessé, le calme reste précaire et un nouvel embrasement est à craindre.

En effet, la justice égyptienne a de nouveau reporté dimanche son verdict sur la légalité de la commission qui a rédigé la Constitution très contestée.

La Haute cour constitutionnelle se prononcera le 3 mars.

 

Par Antoine Mokrane

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Coalition condemns violence against women in Egypt

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Numerous movements, political parties, organisations and individuals took a united stand on violence against women. In a statement titled “Sexual violence and torture against women will not break their struggle to complete the revolution”, the wide range of signatories strongly condemned the chronic problem of sexual violence against women, especially in Tahrir Square during demonstrations.

“In an attempt to break women’s participation in the struggle to achieve the demands of the 25 January Revolution of ‘dignity, freedom, and social justice’, organised groups began using sexual violence as a weapon against women: from insults and harassment, to rape, gang rape, sexual mutilation and attempted murder,” said the beginning of the statement.

The group said that this was only the most recent global phenomenon in which sexual violence was used as a weapon against women, citing Rwanda, Bosnia, Serbia, Darfur, Iraq and Syria as past and current examples. The statement expressed disappointment in those who were silent about the current problem and those who sought to silence those speaking out against it, thus perpetuating the social stigma surrounding victims of sexual assault or rape.

“But Egyptian women decided to talk, to make all those in power live up to their responsibilities in the face of these repressive practices that not only degrade women, but also seek to break the will of the Egyptian people,” the statement continued.

The group blamed the “ruling political regime” for using sexual violence as Mubarak’s did and vowed to take legal and social stands against perpetrators.

Dozens of organisations including the El Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and the New Woman Foundation signed the statement.

Eight movements including the Revolutionary Socialists and the Free Egypt Movement approved the document. Seven political parties including Al-Dostour, the Free Egyptians and the Popular Current were also among the signatories.

Over a hundred prominent politicians, activists and other figures in Egyptian society also signed the statement, including former television anchor Bothaina Kamel, Abdel Gelil Mostafa, and George Ishaq.

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Beating of naked Egyptian was preplanned: Ahmed Shafiq tells Al Arabiya

Beating of naked Egyptian was preplanned:  Ahmed Shafiq tells Al Arabiya | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's former presidential Candidate Ahmed Shafiq told Al Arabiya TV in an interview on Sunday that the infamous dragging and beating of a naked old man near the presidential palace last week was previously planned by the interior ministry to terrorize the people.

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Shafiq said such torture of the old man was a “new style of exaggerated terrorism used against the Egyptian citizens that will lead only to violence and hatred of the regime.” 

Shafiq added that the “current regime is finished,” stressing that the “rigging of the presidential election” will not be let go. “It will not pass easily because they are caught with the wrong person.”


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"La colère est très forte et elle existe partout"

"La colère est très forte et elle existe partout" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Depuis le 25 janvier, jour du deuxième anniversaire du déclenchement de la révolution égyptienne, la contestation n'a fait que s'amplifier. Jour après jour, des milliers de manifestants ont dénoncé la main-mise sur le pouvoir par les Frères musulmans. Les manifestations pacifiques auxquelles avait appelé le Front du Salut National, la principale force d'opposition, ont donné lieu à des scènes de guerilla urbaine. Le soir du 1er février, devant le palais présidentiel, des milliers de manifestants se sont livrés à une bataille rangée avec les forces de l'ordre. Le 02 février encore, ils étaient plusieurs centaines de manifestants à jeter des pierres et des cocktails molotov contre l'enceinte du bâtiment. En une semaine, les émeutes violement réprimées se sont soldées par plus de 60 morts. Une vidéo montrant un homme nu, battu par des policiers, n'a fait qu'aviver la colère des manifestants. Ils appellent désormais à la démission du ministre de l'Intérieur Mohamed Ibrahim qui a annoncé une enquête.

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Extraits

 

ARTE Journal : Peut-on parler d'une nouvelle révolution en cours, d'un nouveau soulèvement, cette fois contre les Frères musulmans et le régime du président Morsi ?

Magda Boutros (Initiative égyptienne pour les Droits de la Personne): Moi je préfère parler d'une révolution qui continue. Des figures peuvent avoir changé, la tête du régime a peut être changé, mais le régime est toujours là. Il n'a pas changé, le régime policier, sécuritaire n'a pas changé. La révolution continue contre ce même régime pour lequel ils sont descendus dans les rues le 25 janvier 2011. Quelque soit la façon dont on appelle ça, une deuxième révolution, une deuxième vague, il y a les mêmes revendications, les mêmes problèmes qui existent encore et qui sont peut-être encore pire aujourd'hui. Donc oui, la révolution continue, comme ont dit ici. 

ARTE Journal : Le régime du président Morsi est-il menacé ? 

Magda Boutros : La colère est très forte et elle existe pratiquement partout. Que ce soit des demandes sociales, économiques, les demandes de respect de la dignité humaine, les demandes relatives au coût de la vie, toutes ces choses là ne s'améliorent pas. La colère existe et elle est très fortement ressentie en Egypte, donc tout est possible.


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Prosecutor says stripped, beaten man accuses police - News - Aswat Masriya

Prosecutor says stripped, beaten man accuses police - News - Aswat Masriya | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian prosecution said on Sunday that Hamada Saber changed his testimony and accused the security forces of firing at him and assaulting him.

Local satellite channels and international media had aired footage of Saber being attacked, dragged and stripped naked by riot police at a Friday protest by the presidential palace.

Saber, 48,  had refused at first to bring accusations against the police.

Saber and his wife appeared on national television at a police hospital a day after the attack and claimed that protesters, not riot police, assaulted and stripped him in search for his money.

His testimony changed after the prosecution questioned him over the video.

As suspicions that the man and his wife were threatened to falsely testify started rising, Saber's family members, including his daughter, started coming forward to the media and confirming that he was in fact threatened to not blame the police for the attacks.

 

The video sparked fury over the weekend especially among opposition forces who condemned the use of violence against protesters and an apologetic reaction from the interior ministry as well as a condemnation from the

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Egyptian dies of wounds as toll from protests rises to 57

Egyptian dies of wounds as toll from protests rises to 57 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian man shot during protests in Cairo died of his wounds on Sunday, medics said, increasing to 57 the death toll in the bloodiest week of President Mohamed Mursi's seven months in power.

The man, 26, had been shot on Friday near the presidential palace, where youths and police had clashed during violent protests fuelled by anger at the Mursi administration.(...)

A security source said there had been no reports of major clashes on Sunday.

(...)

 

A state of emergency remains in force in three cities near the Suez Canal that have also been the scene of protests against Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that propelled him to power in a June election.

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Interior Minister Warns Egypt Could Turn into Militia

Interior Minister Warns Egypt Could Turn into Militia | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Interior Minister warned yesterday that if country’s police forces were to collapse, Egypt would become a militia-state like some neighboring countries.

 

The grim assessment by Interior Minister Muhammad Ibrahim— who offered to resign if it were to satisfy the Egyptian people—comes after eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people.

 

Furthermore, a video of a demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with batons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.(...)

 

However, the protester in the video, Hamada Saber, later said in an interview from his hospital bed that the riot police were helping him rather than beating him, a statement Saber’s family disputes and says was made under police pressure. Moreover, Saber’s hospital statement contradicts the Interior Ministry’s statement.

 

Speaking to reporters Interior Minister Ibrahim said that initial results from the public prosecutor's investigation show that 48-year-old Hamada Saber was undressed by "rioters" during skirmishes between police and protesters. He was then hit in the foot by a bird shot, the interior minister said, stopping short of saying if the injury was a result of police firing into the crowds.

"The central security forces then found him lying on the ground and tried to put him in an armored vehicle, though the way in which they did that was excessive," said Ibrahim.

However, a woman identifying herself as Mr. Saber’s daughter Randa, said in on Egyptian television that her father was forced to lie during the interview and was “afraid to talk.”(...)

 

"This shows that state institutions are collapsing, as is the rule of law. We are living in chaos," said lawyer Achraf Shazly, 35. "Next thing you know, the martyr killed yesterday will rise from the dead and say he wasn't shot." (...)

 

The rise of Mursi—the first freely elected leader in Egypt's 5,000-year history—is probably the single most important change achieved by two years of revolts across the Arab world. But seven months since taking office, he has failed to unite Egyptians. Street unrest and political instability threaten to render the most populous Arab state ungovernable.

 

The latest round of violence was triggered by the second anniversary of the uprising against Mubarak and death sentences handed down last week in Port Said over a soccer stadium riot.

Mursi has had little opportunity to reform the police and security forces he inherited from Mubarak and the military men.(...)

 

"The instructions of the interior minister to use excessive violence in confronting protesters does not seem like surprising behavior given the clear incitement by prominent figures in the presidency," said opposition coalition spokesman Khaled Daoud.

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The liberal, leftist and secularist opposition accuses Mursi of betraying the revolution that toppled Mubarak by concentrating too much power in his own hands and those of his Muslim Brotherhood, a formerly underground Islamist movement.

 

Mursi and the Brotherhood accuse the opposition of stoking street unrest to further their demands for a national unity government as a way to retake power they lost at the ballot box.

 

In announcing an investigation into the beating of Saber, Mursi's office made clear he was still pointing the blame at the political opponents who have encouraged protests.

 

"What has transpired over the past day is not political expression, but rather acts of criminality. The presidency will not tolerate vandalism or attacks on individuals and property. The police have responded to these actions in a restrained manner," Mursi's office said.

 

"Doubtless, in the heat of the violence, there can be violations of civil liberties, and the presidency equally will not tolerate such abuses. In one incident, an individual was seen to be dragged and beaten by police. The Minister of Interior has, appropriately, announced an investigation."

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The story of Hamada Saber 

The story of Hamada Saber  | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hamada Saber went to the presidential palace at Ettihadia on Friday night with his family to protest against President Morsi. At some point in the evening, he ended up stripped naked and beaten by police. The beating was caught by a satellite television channel and broadcast live, instantly turning into an iconic moment of police brutality like that of the video of the girl with the blue bra in December 2011.

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Whatever happened to Hamada, the police did what it did, and he appears to have been intimidated against blaming the interior ministry as the government worked overtime to carry out damage limitation. Such practice is actually quite typical of what has happened in Egypt for decades, including since the 2011 uprising. If you look at the court cases into police murders during the 18 days of the uprising, you often have officers leaning on the families of the victims to settle out of court or withdraw charges. Not that many have been actually convicted thus far, or that there has been any attempt at creating either a transitional justice process or carry out serious security sector reform thus far — under SCAF or under Morsi.


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Egypte: le pouvoir dans l'embarras après des brutalités policières

Egypte: le pouvoir dans l'embarras après des brutalités policières | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le pouvoir égyptien était sur la sellette samedi après la diffusion d'images d'un homme nu battu par la police la veille près du palais présidentiel, lors de manifestations contre le président Mohamed Morsi qui ont fait un mort.

Le Premier ministre Hicham Qandil a quant à lui été pris à partie dans la matinée par des manifestants place Tahrir, dans le centre du Caire, un incident témoignant lui aussi du climat politique tendu.

La vidéo diffusée à la télévision et sur internet montre des policiers anti-émeutes battre l'homme avec des matraques, le bousculer et lui retirer ses vêtements, avant de le traîner nu sur le sol, puis l'embarquer dans un fourgon blindé posté près du palais du chef de l'Etat.

La présidence égyptienne s'est déclarée "attristée par les images choquantes de certains policiers traitant un manifestant d'une manière qui n'est pas conforme à la dignité humaine et les droits de l'Homme".

Mais l'opposition, qui appelait à manifester une nouvelle fois vendredi contre une dérive autoritaire du pouvoir de M. Morsi, a exigé la démission du ministre de l'Intérieur, Mohamed Ibrahim, et évoqué des méthodes dignes du temps du président Hosni Moubarak, renversé par une révolte populaire en 2011.

"Les images horribles et déshonorantes montrant des officiers de la sécurité centrale et des policiers traînant et battant sauvagement un homme complètement nu autour du palais présidentiel doivent conduire à une démission immédiate du ministre de l'Intérieur", a dit Khaled Daoud, porte-parole du Front du salut national (FSN), principale coalition de l'opposition.

Le ministère de l'Intérieur a quant à lui présenté des excuses, évoqué un "acte isolé" et annoncé l'ouverture d'une enquête.

L'homme, Hamadah Saber Mohamed Ali, un ouvrier de 50 ans, a été appréhendé "en possession de 18 cocktails Mololov et de deux bidons d'essence", a indiqué le parquet en citant les premiers éléments de l'enquête.

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Le bureau du chef du gouvernement a indiqué que M. Qandil avait "fait face à des jeunes et des agitateurs". Le Premier ministre lui-même a écrit sur Facebook qu'il avait "préféré éviter une confrontation entre ces personnes et le personnel de sécurité".

Des dizaines d'opposants au pouvoir sont installés depuis des mois dans un village de tentes sur ce rond-point du centre ville, haut-lieu des manifestations politiques depuis le soulèvement contre Hosni Moubarak.

La police anti-émeutes était déployée samedi aux abords du palais présidentiel après une nuit d'accrochages.

Le calme est revenu dans la matinée, mais les rues adjacentes étaient jonchées de pierres lancées par les manifestants, et le mur d'enceinte du palais était recouvert de graffitis hostiles à M. Morsi comme "Il faut renverser le régime", "Liberté".(...)

 

La présidence a toutefois réaffirmé dans un communiqué son attachement "à protéger la liberté d'expression et de rassemblement" et sa volonté de mener à bien "l'évolution démocratique" du pays.

Les responsables de l'opposition libérale et de gauche du FSN ont entamé dans l'après-midi une réunion pour examiner la situation. L'un des ses chefs, Mohamed ElBaradei, a averti que "la violence et le chaos se poursuivront" si M. Morsi continuait à marginaliser l'opposition.

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Egypt protester who died of wounds was tortured- security sources

Egypt protester who died of wounds was tortured- security sources | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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(Reuters, via Aswat Masriya)


An Egyptian activist who died on Monday was beaten unconscious during interrogation at a security camp where he was detained for three days, two security sources said on Tuesday.

Human rights campaigners say the same brutal tactics that helped ignite the uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak two years ago are back under the auspices of freely elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

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Police brutality persists two years after Egypt revolution: Rights activists

Police brutality persists two years after Egypt revolution: Rights activists | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Following the recent death of activist Mohamed El-Gendy, who allegedly died after being subject to torture by police, several Egyptian rights activists issued a report on Sunday detailing what they see as the persistence of oppressive police tactics employed by the state.

According to the report, 225 people have been detained from the vicinity of Cairo's Tahrir Square since the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, which coincided with mass rallies against the government and President Mohamed Morsi.

Those detained have included minors who were subject to torture and days-long incarceration at Central Security Forces (CSF) training camps, the report asserts. Detentions were officially said to have been "pending investigation," but according to the report's authors, detentions were generally employed as punishment and were unnecessary to investigations.

The report notes one case in particular in which 12 young people – including eight minors – were referred to the Abbasiya prosecutor's office. The young people had reportedly suffered injuries as a result of police torture and were therefore detained for four days "pending investigation."

(El-Ahram)

 

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Cairo Police beating: US urges Egypt to control police

Cairo Police beating: US urges Egypt to control police | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The US has urged Egypt to investigate cases of police abuse after a man was stripped and beaten by uniformed officers near the presidential palace.

The state department said it was "extremely disturbed" by the dragging of naked Hamada Saber, which was caught on camera, through the streets.

Egypt's culture minister has resigned in the aftermath of the incident.

Protests were continuing late on Monday after the funeral of another activist beaten by police, Mohammed al-Guindi.

Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi say the death proves the police have not reformed in the two years since authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

"We urge the government of Egypt to thoroughly, credibly and independently investigate all claims of violence and wrongdoing by security officials and demonstrators and to bring perpetrators to justice," said state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

"Accountability is the best way to prevent recurrences of these kinds of incidents."

 

For his part, Mr Morsi said in a Facebook message that he had asked the public prosecutor to investigate the death of Mohammed al-Guindi.

He emphasised there was "no return to rights abuses of citizens and their freedoms... after the January 25 revolution" - in reference to the popular uprising that toppled Mubarak in February 2011.

State collapse?

 

State collapse?

Hamda Saber said he was initially coerced by police into giving a false account of the attack

On Sunday, Mr Saber said he had been coerced by police into initially giving a false account of his attack, saying that had he blamed them, they would have accused him of carrying petrol bombs at the demonstration.

The 50-year-old painter said police had subsequently apologised to him for any wrongdoing.

State TV reported Culture Minister Mohammed Saber Arab resigned on Monday (...)

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Egyptian opposition says police tortured activist to death - World - CBC News

Egyptian opposition says police tortured activist to death - World - CBC News | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian opposition party on Monday claimed police tortured one of its members to death, electrocuting him and beating him repeatedly on the head — the latest case alleging police brutality in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Mohammed el-Gindy, a 28-year-old activist, died of his wounds early Monday at a Cairo hospital after he was "tortured to death," the Egyptian Popular Current party said in a statement.

The Interior Ministry had no immediate comment.

El-Gindy went missing for several days after protesting on Jan. 27 in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The protesters are opposed to Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's policies and are pressing him to amend the constitution, which was drafted by a panel dominated by Islamists and approved in a public referendum last year.

Party spokeswoman Mona Amer said she saw el-Gindy's body and that it carried marks of torture. She said he was electrocuted, had broken ribs and a "cord appeared to have been wrapped around his neck." A medical report cited brain hemorrhage as cause of death.

Party members were organizing a funeral for el-Gindy and Mohammed Saad, a 20-year-old protester, who also died of his wounds sustained during clashes with security forces on Friday.

More than 60 people have died in recent protests across Egypt that began on Jan. 24, the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Beating caught on video

The deaths of the two activists come days after a video surfaced showing riot police beating and dragging naked a man during Friday clashes near Egypt's presidential palace. The man, Hamada Saber, initially denied police abuse and said protesters undressed him. But later he changed his account of what happened, saying he lied to avoid more problems.

Egypt promises inquiry into police attack on naked protester

The beating was caught on camera by The Associated Press, and the video was broadcast live on Egyptian television late Friday as protests raged in the streets outside the presidential palace. The AP video showed police trying to bundle the naked man into a police van after beating him.

The beating prompted a rare statement of regret from the Interior Ministry, which promised to investigate the attack. The president's office said it was pained by the images and called the assault "shocking."

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Le président égyptien Morsi est affaibli par les violences policières

Le président égyptien Morsi est affaibli par les violences policières | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Les images du passage à tabac d'un manifestant, vendredi 1er février, ont provoqué un tollé dans l'opinion.
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A aucun moment, le chef de l'Etat n'a mis en cause la police dans les affrontements qui ont causé la mort de 46 personnes. Il s'était même cantonné àtweeter  ses condoléances aux familles. "Comme d'habitude, son discours arrive trop tard, une fois qu'il est acculé. Et, au lieu d'accéder à quelques demandes du peuple, il fait un discours autoritaire où il apparaît comme un voleur qui veut s'accaparer  le pouvoir", commente Rani Moustapha, un Egyptien de 39 ans. (...)

Nombreux ne voient en lui que la marionnette des Frères musulmans. "La façon dont il agit, dont il se comporte, on sent que ça ne vient pas de lui. On sent qu'il n'est pas à l'aise. Il représente le "guide" des Frères, Mohamed Badie, pas lui-même", assure Rani Moustapha. Son adresse, le 4 décembre 2012, à ses"soutiens" de la confrérie venus manifester  devant le palais présidentiel, concurremment aux marches de l'opposition, a été vue comme un grave faux pas. Qu'il s'est bien gardé de reproduire .


Plus : http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2013/02/04/le-president-egyptien-morsi-est-affaibli-par-les-violences-policieres_1826653_3212.html

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Ghaniya: Freedom and Justice Party Condemns Ongoing Tahrir Violent Crimes Against Women

Freedom and Justice Party leader Huda Ghaniya denounces sexual harassment, rape of women in Tahrir Square and violent attacks on State institutions; and demands those involved be tried.

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Dr. Huda Ghaniya, former member of Egyptian parliament, condemned sexual harassment of girls and women in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.


In a statement to Ikhwanweb, she said: "We denounce increasing sexual harassment crimes taking place against women in Tahrir Square. We affirm that Egyptian women will continue to have a leading role in the political and social arena.
"Women's voice will remain influential. Women will continue endeavors to consolidate the pillars of democracy, just as they stood in the face of injustice and tyranny in the past era."
Dr. Ghaniya went on, saying: "These are no revolutionaries, who commit such violent, heinous crimes against women in Egypt. Genuine Tahrir protesters must condemn this violence against women and flush out the culprits.
"It has become necessary to confront violence affecting women as well as State institutions through law enforcement, dialogue and understanding the mechanisms and principles of democracy that we all invoke, respect and obey. Those involved in such criminal acts must be held accountable." (Ikhwan web)
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Muhammad ElGendy has passed away...

Muhammad ElGendy has passed away... | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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His initial medical report includes:
Marks of wires on the neck.
Marks of electric shock on the tongue.
Three broken ribs.
Marks of fire burns in the back and abdomen.
Marks of severe hitting with sharp objects in the face, abdomen, back and legs.

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Mohammed disappeared several days ago to be found by his friends in a hospital between life and death... The Hospital tried to claim that he arrived in a car accident, despite the contradictions in the story and the marks on his body.

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Ms. Samia, mother of Mohamed El-Gendy, a member of the opposition: the officer cursed me to my son, so my son cursed him back, so they took my son and kept torturing him until he died.


From "Operation Egypt" (Facebook)


Lien communiqué par Françoise Autier

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L'homme nu et battu au Caire accuse la police

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L'homme nu et battu dans les rues du Caire vendredi soir avait dans un premier temps dédouanné la police. Mais ce dimanche, il a changé de version et accuse désormais les forces de l'ordre.

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L'opposition soupçonne les autorités d'avoir fait pression sur lui

Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, la télévision publique avait montré Saber allongé sur un lit d'hôpital, accusant des manifestants de l'avoir volé et dépouillé de ses vêtements. Dans ce premier témoignage, Hamada Saber avait déclaré qu'il était tombé lors des heurts entre protestataires et policiers et qu'il avait été encerclé et agressé par des manifestants.  "Ils ont pris mes vêtements, peut-être qu'ils cherchaient de l'argent dans mes poches. Puis quelqu'un a crié: 'ce n'est pas un soldat, c'est un vieil homme et vous allez le tuer'."

"Les soldats m'ont couru après. J'avais peur d'eux mais ils disaient: 'nous n'allons pas te frapper'. Je jure devant Dieu que c'est ce qui s'est produit", avait-il ajouté. 
Samedi, le bureau du procureur avait diffusé un communiqué affirmant que Saber avait démenti avoir été frappé par la police. L'opposition avait alors soupçonné les autorités d'avoir fait pression sur lui pour qu'il dédouane les forces de l'ordre.


Source sur TF1 News : EGYPTE. L'homme nu et battu au Caire accuse la police
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Lawsuit accuses Morsi of attempted murder

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A lawsuit was brought against President Mohamed Morsi, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, and leading figures from the Ministry of Interior, accusing them of attempting to murder Popular Current member Mohamed El-Gendy.

The lawsuit was brought by Mohamed Abdel Aziz, a lawyer at the El Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence.

El-Gendy, a member of the Popular Current, was reportedly kidnapped from the Qasr Al-Nil Bridge early in the morning of 28 January and was found at the intensive care room of the Red Crescent hospital on 31 January.­

Abdel Aziz claimed that security forces kidnapped El-Gendy on 28 January, before taking him to El-Gabal El-Ahmar security camp where he was tortured for three days. Abdel Aziz added that marks of torture are visible all over El-Gendy’s body, claiming that these signs are enough to prove the hospital’s deception: “If he entered the hospital on 27 January following a car accident, why didn’t the Qasr Al-Nil police station inform us about him on 28 January? He was at Qasr Al-Nil Bridge until the early hours of 28 January. The hospital is trying to forge the truth.”

Abdel Aziz accused Morsi, Qandil, Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, and leading figures at the ministry of torturing El-Gendy and attempting to kill him, adding that the Red Crescent hospital forged their reports to hide the fact that El-Gendy was detained and tortured for three days before being admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.

Heba Yassin, media spokesperson for the Popular Current, said El-Gendy is currently suffering from a brain haemorrhage and several fractured ribs in addition to fractures in his jaw and marks of torture on his head. “Mohamed is an example of police brutality,” she said. “He is a tour guide, not a thug; he is peaceful, not violent.”

Yassin said her organisation searched for El-Gendy for three days before they knew he was admitted to the Red Crescent hospital. She claimed that people detained at the El-Gabal El-Ahmar security camp affirmed that El-Gendy was held in custody there and tortured by police officers for three days.

The Ministry of Interior could not be reached for comment on these claims.

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Prosecution questions beaten man over video

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An Egyptian prosecutor questioned on Sunday Hamada Saber over a video that sparked fury over the weekend especially among opposition forces who condemned the use of violence against protesters. 

Local satellite channels and international media had aired footage of an Egyptian man who was seemingly being attacked, dragged and stripped naked by riot police at a Friday protest by the presidential palace. 

Saber, 48, and his wife appeared on national television at a police hospital a day after the attack and claimed that protesters, not riot police, assaulted and stripped him in search for his money. 

As suspicions that the man and his wife were threatened to falsely testify started rising, Saber's family members, including his daughter, started coming forward to the media and confirming that he was in fact threatened to not blame the police for the attack.

 

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Un Egyptien battu par la police accuse les manifestants

Un Egyptien qu'une vidéo montre nu, battu par des policiers et entraîné de force dans un véhicule des forces de l'ordre a rejeté la responsabilité de l'incident sur les manifestants hostiles au gouvernement dimanche à la télévision d'Etat.

 

Hamada Saber, un homme de 48 ans dont les images ont suscité un tollé en Egypte et enflammé les rangs de l'opposition dans un climat de tension déjà grand, après huit jours de manifestations qui ont fait près de 60 morts, est apparu allongé sur un lit d'hôpital, accusant des manifestants de l'avoir volé et dépouillé de ses vêtements.

 

Hamada Saber a déclaré qu'il était tombé lors de heurts entre manifestants et policiers et qu'il avait été encerclé et agressé par des manifestants.

"Ils ont pris mes vêtements, peut-être qu'ils cherchaient de l'argent dans mes poches. Puis quelqu'un a crié: 'ce n'est pas un soldat, c'est un vieil homme et vous allez le tuer'."

 

"Les soldats m'ont couru après. J'avais peur d'eux mais ils disaient: 'nous n'allons pas te frapper'. Je jure devant Dieu que c'est ce qui s'est produit", a-t-il ajouté.

 

Samedi, le bureau du procureur avait diffusé un communiqué affirmant que Saber avait démenti avoir été frappé par la police. L'opposition avait alors soupçonné les autorités de l'avoir intimidé pour dédouaner les forces de l'ordre.

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Stripped man denies assault claims

Hamada Saber Ali, a protester who was stripped, beaten, and dragged by Central Security Forces (CSF) on Friday has denied being attacked by CSF.

During investigations conducted on Saturday by the Heliopolis prosecution office at the police hospital where Ali is currently receiving treatment, Ali claimed that protesters attacked and stripped him because they thought he was a CSF member. He explained that he was wearing black clothes similar to the uniforms of CSF members. Ali added that the security forces rescued him from the protesters and transferred him to the hospital.

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Waleed Nada, an activist working with injured revolutionaries who participated in Friday’s protests, has denounced Ali’s claims. Nada added that Ali was probably threatened by figures from the Ministry of Interior to force him to deny their attack, explaining that the video showed CSF as they beat Ali and dragged him to a CSF vehicle. “Those who appeared in the video cannot be protesters, because they dragged Ali into the CSF vehicle. Would any protester be able to do that?” Nada asked.

Nada claimed that many poor men might issue false statements in exchange for some benefits from the government. “I think this is what happened with Ali,” he added.

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/02/02/stripped-man-denies-assault-claims/

 

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From Al-Masri Al-Youm, via Egypt.com

 

Prosecutors are now claiming that Hamada Saber, who was dragged, stripped naked and beaten up in front of the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace, was actually assaulted by protesters, and that security forces were the ones that came to his rescue.

 

The Heliopolis Prosecution is alleging that Saber denied reports that security assaulted him. Prosecutors claim he told them that protesters assaulted him, thinking he was from the security forces because he was wearing black.

 

According to prosecutors, Saber was also initially beaten by security forces who thought he was a demonstrator.

 

The prosecutors' claims fly in the face of overwhelming reports and video evidence to the contrary. A video from the Al-Hayat satellite channel showed the protester being assaulted by security forces, and the Interior Ministry released a statement expressing regret over the incident.

 

Additionally, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim personally telephoned Saber on Saturday to apologize for the attack, promising Saber that the ministry would assist him with healthcare and finding a job after his recovery.

 

Saber's beating has further provoked the wrath of protesters opposed to President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood government, and comes after earlier reports from Human Rights Watch and other organizations warning that human rights violations have continued unabated in Egypt even after Morsy's election last summer.

http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/171049.html

 




Almasry Alyoum

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