-Published on Huffington Post-
The sight of humans getting sniped and shot in the head, a man crying over his wife’s corpse, tens of corpses pushed by a bulldozer with the rest of the debris is very heartbreaking and could never be justified. It is hard to fathom that the pro-coup people have desensitized themselves to the deaths of the protesters, simply because they are supporting the president they were not happy with.
I am not Egyptian, I’m a humanitarian liberal Moroccan, but my heart has been shaken by the massacre and unfair executions, and saddened by the shameful hate that has taken place between brothers and sisters of the same nation, the kind and welcoming Egypt. All other fellow humanitarians I have interacted with, and who have followed the events of Egypt undoubtedly feel the same way.
800 protesters killed in 2011, and Mubarak is supposedly on trial for them. So why should you be surprised if current (interim) government is determined to run a campaign that claims all protesters are armed terrorists, including women and children. Claiming they burnt churches (without any proof), even when some of the Coptic churches themselves announced they were burnt and mugged by baltajis; the thugs who are often seen walking in packs around or closely in parallel with the Egyptian police and army, advertised as faithful citizens trying to help protect the country from the terrorists.
Terrorists walking in packs of millions? A new trend?
What do you know about terrorists? They scatter to cause as much damage as possible. A terrorist bombs a car, hijacks a plain, “sacrifices” himself to take as many lives as possible with him. Yet suddenly, nobody wonders why 3,000 “terrorists” died to kill 124 police forces members.
We have all seen protesters on the streets of Rabia Square; Men, women and children, including babies that appear to be only a few months old. Is that what terrorists do? Come out armed and ready to die with the most precious people in their lives?
If you were armed and saw death coming towards you and your children, would you stay still or use the gun you supposedly have? Or did these “terrorists” suddenly freeze in front of the godly charisma of the Egyptian soldiers that came to disperse their sit-in?
How about the 400 “terrorist protesters” that died whilst the dispersal of the mosque sit-in; Assuming that once the Egyptian police stormed in, and the “armed” protesters frantically started shooting around, wouldn’t that cause police deaths too ? Why was there none?
These are some of the questions raised and discussed by logical people online and offline, but when presented to pro-coup individuals, they are either ignored or reciprocated with hateful suppressive messages that don’t make much sense, like calling anyone who challenges the claims a terrorist supporter.
Rabia protesters were asked to leave or they would get dispersed. They stood their ground, and too many of them got killed. Just like the determined brave protesters did in Tahrir square in 2011, but the blood of those 800 innocent people couldn’t be justified back then, and Mubarak’s trial for their death is still on-going. Mubarak was released (under house arrest) shortly after the ousting of president Mursi, as though Egypt prison’s can’t detain two presidents at a time. The families of the January 25, 2011 victim protesters against his the aucocratic regime, and many Egyptians are crossing fingers, hoping to still find justice for the killing of the 800 victims.
It seemed very convenient for the coup masters to label today’s Rabia protesters as terrorists, simply because they are demanding the president they voted for back, for claiming democracy, and asking where their vote went.
Farsighted Egyptians believe that if a president gets ousted, democracy will be shaken forever, and that tomorrow if people don’t like a ballot elected president, any group of people constantly protesting against him, will cause chaos again.
Egyptians in 2011 protested against an autocratic president. Now they are protesting to get the democratically elected president back. Some people say that Mursi wasn’t given a chance to make substantial improvements in Egypt, to fix an abysmal economy and create jobs, given the thousands of protests that took place throughout his shortened term. While others argue that one year was enough time to make improvements, or as some said to me that 100 days were enough, which was the time they waited before they expressed their dissatisfaction with Mursi’s incompetency.
Minutes after the coup, 27 TV channels were closed, including any news channel that might tell people about the other side of the story, that is Morsi supporters. Thus, YouTube is almost the only place where one could see footage exposing the violence against protesters, who are shot with their arms up, banged on the head with a soldier’s helmet, or beaten with a bat on their skulls by thugs, every time some of them decided to leave the mosque sit-in, while the police watched.)
A 11-hour curfew was imposed, not to protect the people, but to simply impose control, and expose them to the current government-approved channels that constantly talk about how awful Brotherhood protesters are, stories about how these dangerous hijabi women are with their babies; throwing in advertisement segments, rythms of war and nationalism in the background, that showcase how brave the army is. If you tuned in a pro coup TV channel, you would never see a debate where a representative of each party is invited, you would not see a MB member, Mursi supporter or a humanitarian political analyst that condemns the violence, discussing with a pro-coup/pro ousting analyst. What you would see is a group of pro-coup people justifying the necessity of dispersal, how the police never kills an unarmed person, and how brotherhood ruined the country. You would also notice that a lot of claims are being said without any shown evidence, including the sad burning of churches, which injects hate in people, and calls for the sympathy of Christians around the world, and a big bold title that reads “Egypt fighting terrorism.”
But they would never Show you footage of Muslim Morsi supporters who formed a human shield around the churches during the messe ceremonies, they would never show you the Christian woman who condemns violence against the protesters.
Sadly some TV channels who chose money over humanity can’t afford to upset their sponsors, and if any honest conscientious reporter or presenter refuses to embark in propaganda, he is welcome to leave, or as Egyptians say “the door is large enough for a camel to pass.”
Twisting of facts is so mind-boggling that I almost decided to sort low and high IQed people according to whether or not they believe the nonsense. But I became aware of the sad reality that many reporters, writers or news channels would accept to lie and trade their principles for money and job security. Example: Shirin Abdul Wahab, a very talented Egyptian female singer, was performing in Morocco just a few days ago. Let us assume that she didn’t know that shortly before her visit, Moroccans protested in the capital Rabat against the coup and the violence in Egypt; Right in the middle of the concert, she decided to send a message to Egypt and said: “I want to send greetings to the minister of defense, Al Sissi!” the people in the concert booed her and chanted “Morsi Morsi!” for a few seconds, and then the music maestro continued to the next song. Shirin then turned her back to the audience and said to the music group: “play anything!” waving her hand to them as in “whatever!” and left the stage without a word to the audience who paid for her concert.
Now, the Egyptian media, and by that I mean government approved channels, gave a whole different story, the video is on YouTube and this is a translation to what the Egyptian TV presenter said: “Shirin was in Morocco for a concert, she greeted General Sissi, then on her way out to her car she was attacked by some Moroccan brotherhood, from some “development and justice” party, or something like that! Whatever! They were not in the concert when she sent her greetings, but someone in the audience called the brotherhood and they came and chanted “Mursi Mursi!”
Bear with me everyone, is it just me ( and the rest of the YouTubers) or do you also deduct that the guy contradicted himself. Were the “brotherhood” outside and then suddenly inside? And how come inside knowing the brotherhood do not attend concerts. I was shocked by how that presenter was determined to call the Moroccans attending to have a good time brotherhood and violent simply because they called the name of the ousted president Morsi.
This is just the mildest example of how current Egyptian media, or the coup supporters among other Arabic channels get creative twisting facts, and making unfair claims to equate and justify violence and blood.
Children of key members of Brotherhood were targeted and assassinated, and nobody should wonder why. Days after, all brotherhood leaders among which are doctors and professors, were consecutively arrested in their pajamas. And for some reason, although they are supposedly terrorists, they did not shoot; and nobody should wonder why.
Using the global war on terrorism card, and manipulating the feelings of anyone who’s ever been harmed directly or indirectly by terrorists, to get their sympathy, fueling this hatred by claiming that Muslims burnt churches, while footage presented by the Copts themselves show that the thugs did it are all just cheap tactics that more people everyday are starting to see clearly.
As for those who tell humanists and non-Egyptians to mind their business, block me you don’t have to read my tweets or articles, I will not insult you or use any derogatory words, but remember that throughout history, anytime a person challenged a lie or stood up for truth, he or she was fought by people who have an agenda or bad intentions. Choose the side you want, ignore the death of innocent people, stay indifferent. But if you can’t do something good, don’t interrupt someone who is doing it.
It is my business to advocate for humans, my business to assist anyone whenever I can, give money to the homeless, buy a meal to a poor person, and apologize when broke. And so it is also my business to stand up for humanity, and help abolish propaganda. And I underline this: if the ousted president and his supporters were liberal, Christian or atheist I would stand up for them too. Massacre shouldn’t ever be justified with lies to help some sleep at night.
The world should not turn the blind eye on the Egyptian ordeal. Human Rights organizations should mobilize and be on site as live witnesses. The silence of the latter organizations makes one wonder if the Egyptian suffering is reduced to a “war on terrorism.” Even if terrorists were spotted, they should be arrested and passed through a juridical system, because the rational mind does not accept that hundreds of terrorists standing among 100,000s of people were all assessed , prosecuted and executed on sight.
Morsi might have done a lousy job, and even if he shouldn’t come back, the right of the people to peacefully protest shouldn’t be taken, or faced with deadly ultimatums.
Justifying the blood of thousands of protesters who are carrying signs, chanting and not harming anyone, just because the president they supported was incompetent, is utterly inhumane. The will of the pro-coup individuals shouldn’t be more valuable than the one of those who oppose the ousting of Morsi. And even if these protesters should know that the coup is in their best interest, I don’t think that strident attacks and injudicious arrests is the best way to do it.
If your choices were to either go home or die, if the TV channels that can speak for you were closed down, if you were referred to as an ignorant terrorist, if you were treated like a subhuman, if they made you feel your voice didn’t matter, if the only way you could bury your brother or wife is to sign a paper that admits they committed suicide, would you forget about your right or would you vehemently demand it and want it even more?