Egypt: Have Activists and Journalists Been Targeted in Tahrir Square?
Egyptian riot police attacked the tent-camp set up in Tahrir Square for a sit-in that was started by many activists and protesters after last Friday’s demonstration. Tear gas, rubber bullets and bird shots were used, injuring scores of people.
Among those who were injured is Malek Mostafa (@malek), who has reported lost an eye. (Photo above)
Lobna tweets@lobna: Malek’s
left eye has lost its function. He’ll have an operation today only to fix its shape and position.
Netizens describe Malek as a blogger and one of the bravest activists who have been doing much to their country. There was an out pour of reactions after his injury was announced.
The Big Pharaoh tweets: @TheBigPharaoh: Malek the brave, kind and humble one who sacrificed much for this country lost his eye!
Boody adds: @BooDy: Malek is like a real brother to me, the bastards shot his eye, enough with peaceful protesting then.
Malek was imprisoned with Alaa Abdel-Fattah (who is currently detained) in 2006 under Hosni Mubarak’s regime. His latest blog posts were about his hunger strike in solidarity with Alaa and all other civilians detained after being tried in front of military courts. Alaa’s wife Manal Hassan tweeted about what happened to Malek, and how it is believed that the current Egyptian regime knew whom they were targeting.
According to reports, it seems that activists and journalists who were trying to report what was happening today were all targeted by the security forces . Ahmed Abd El-Fatah, who is a journalist, photographer and blogger was shot in the eye too.
News later emerged that he lost his eye too, however Nora later tweets: @NoraYounis: Please don’t spread unconfirmed info on @AhmedFatah . We r at hospital & doctors didn’t confirm his state yet. Be responsible & pray 4 him
Blogger Mahmoud Salem also added about Malek: @Sandmonkey: Just left the hospital, @malek will be out in another hour & half & needs ur prayers. There might still be hope.
And Dalia Ezzat adds: @Daloosh: The more eyes we lose, the clearer our vision will become. Time up #SCAF and co. #Tahrir #Pigs
Others have also reported arrests. Sanaa Youssef tweets her own arrest:
@SanaaYoussef: I have been arrested
And journalist Abanoub Emad tweets his experience covering the protests:
@abanoubemad: I was pulled on the ground and beaten up by informers, under the watch of a colonel and a brigadier when I was covering the break up of the sit-in at Tahrir. They also took away my camera which belongs to Al Masry Al Youm [newspaper]
Rehab El-Bakry tweeted regarding the Egyptian Press Syndicate reports @Rehab_Elbakry: @acarvin The press syndicate is reporting 2 journalist injured and 6 detained claiming they r targeted. #Egypt #tahrir
Finally, there sure will be debates all over the Egyptian media about the legality and the reasons for the sit-in, but Sarah tweeted that at the end of the day, there are no excuses for attacking the protesters. And the very same tweet was the last one for Malek to retweet before getting wounded.
This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.
Photo shared by @shmpOngO