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2011: The Year of Heroes

31 Dec

It would be an understatement if one says 2011 was the year of change. The year of revolutions, the year of power of the people, the year of realizing yes we do have the power to overcome and triumph. What has not happened in 2011? Families battles, world disasters, Arab revolutions, global movements, personal struggles & successes, and of course love, all took place in 2011, and sometimes all at once. I saw death, I lived in Tahrir, I witnessed miracles, I went to places never thought were possible, I sprayed graffiti of Khaled Said on the gates of interior ministry, I lived. There are no words that can describe my pride and honor of having been part of the roots of the Egyptian revolution and still fighting for its victory. The days when we protested in tens in a cordon surrounded by thousands of riot police in front of the press syndicate or on the sidewalk somewhere, now seem now only like a small picture in an album book on an old shelf somewhere. From the start of 2011, Alexandria church bombing 20 minutes into the year, this small picture forever changed. People poured into the streets fighting sectarian strife and showing Egyptian unity. Soon enough along came the step-down of Ben Ali, ex-dictator of Tunisia, 10 days later we were in Tahrir demanding the removal of regime, and 18 days further Mubarak, the dictator who terrorized us for decades finally stepped down. The sweetest moment of victory ever short-lived, knowing what we experienced for months after and until now by the extension of Mubarak’s dictatorship under SCAF. So many people around me are disappointed and discouraged with how things are turning out since Mubarak stepped down, but being part of how things were before the revolution makes me so much more hopeful now. I always like to have the big-picture perspective on most events even in my personal life, and what I see now for Egypt is nothing less than greatness and unprecedented achievements in 2011 despite all the massacres and SCAF’s iron fist on Egypt.

Pictures speak louder than words so instead of telling you all the events that made the Egyptian revolutionaries my heroes of 2011. Below is the year of the revolution in pictures highlighting the most powerful images I chose for 2011. This is why there is hope, as long as we are breathing, we will fight for our freedom, social equality, and dignity. We die for freedom, but we live on hope & resistance. May 2012 be the year of freedom. Revolution until victory.

NO MORE FEAR! – Jan28
Nasr City مدينة نصر

NDP ON FIRE (for 3 days) – Jan29
Cairo Burns

The Bastard IS OUT – Feb11
Celebrations in Tahrir Square - February 11, 2011

WE RAIDED STATE SECURITY – March5
وثائق دمرها أمن الدولة

WE WON’T FORGET OUR MARTYRS – May6
Martyrs الشهداء

THE BLOOD OF ATTEF YEHYIA – May15
Egyptian Blood

KHALED SAID GRAFFITI ON MOI – Jun6
MOI Graffiti

BATTLE FOR MARTYRS – June28
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Police cracks down on martyrs' families in Tahrir الداخلية تضرب عائلات الشهداء بقنابل الغاز وخراطيش الرش والرصاص المطاطي

WE ARE BACK IN TAHRIR, WON’T GIVE UP! – July8 sit-in
Faces from Tahrir

ARMY RAID ON TAHRIR – Aug1: Ramadan 1st
Tahrir attack

FLAGMAN – Aug21
"Ahmed El-Shahat" The man who removed the Israeli flag from Israel Embassy in Egypt - #FlagMan

ONE DAY REV – Sept9

Independent Judiciary March

Ultras Ahly  التراس الاهلي

rain of tear gas bombs at protesters at Nahdet Masr Square | وابل من قنابل الغاز على المتظاهرين في ميدان نهضة مصر

MASPERO MASSACRE – Oct9

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مسيرة للتنديد بمذبحة ماسبيرو

NOVEMBER UPRISING – Nov19

Tear Gas قنابل الغاز

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OCCUPY CABINET – Dec16

Army Soldier with a dirty gesture

Protest like Egyptians

Army Officer points a gun at a fallen protester

Army Raids in Tahrir

Revolutionary in Qasr el Einy

The two walls in Tahrir

There so much more ..but one video says it all. SCAF MUST BE EXECUTED IN 2012!!!

With all the painful images above, I am not depressed nor worried. I have seen the strength, courage, and bravery of the Egyptian revolutionaries. We never stop fighting, we never give up, we will continue until victory and I have no doubt that we will EXECUTE SCAF.

Martyr Essam Atta Funeral – جنازة الشهيد عصام عطا

29 Oct

On the same day Khaled Said murderers were sentenced to only 7 years in prison, another crime was being committed to another Khaled-said-like but in Torra prison. Meet Essam Atta , 23 year-old martyr tortured to death at the hands of police at Torra prison on 27 October 2011. Essam Atta was falsely sentenced to 2 years in prison after going through a military court post revolution. After being sexually abused to death according to eyewitnesses in prison and his own testimony to his sister on the phone minutes before his death, the officials at the morgue had the audacity to claim his death to “swallowing drugs.” It seems like any innocent man that gets tortured to death by police miraculously happen to have “drugs” stuck in his throat. Another Khaled Said after a revolution that was sparked on police day calling for an end to torture. What will it take? 1000s of Khaled Said?!! Even if it takes millions of martyrs for torture to end in Egypt, it still won’t stop us fighting for our rights! The blood of our brothers & sisters won’t die in vain. Either we live to avenge them or we die like them…

Families of Martyrs Demand Retribution

27 Jun

Families of martyrs and protesters wait for hours for a trial session that takes about 3 minutes with a verdict of yet another postponement to July 25th. The protesters outside the Tagamooa El Khames court gather and chant aggressively against El Adly calling for “death to the dog Habib El Adly,” the ex-interior minister accused of killings of Jan25 martyrs and being responsible for systematic torture and abuse under the Mubarak regime. The anger towards any police figure was apparent when protesters hurled stones at all the police vans coming out of court and armored police cars carrying the 7 accused in the case. The circus continues with no justice serviced, while families of martyrs continue their sit-in at Maspero demanding 1) The efficient and transparent prosecution of all police involved in killings of martyrs 2) The adequate compensation to all families and those who were injured, 3) For Habib El Adly & Mubarak to be held responsible and tried fast without tampering with the law, and 4) For the policemen who are accused to be put on trial while being off-duty.

Virginity UNcheck and SCAF Circumcision First

22 Jun

Gigi Ibrahim جيجي إبراهيم

I find myself sleeping every night and waking up with nightmares and anger about SCAF. Before the revolution it was Mubarak and now it is Tantawi. From military trials, to torture, to virginity checks, and lately the prosecution of journalist Rasha Azab for exposing torture cases by the military, SCAF have left no freedom that they haven’t robbed. We must stand in solidarity with Rasha Azab, not because she is a brave, kind, honest, and wonderful human being, but because if we didn’t then it means we are okay with the behavior of the military that Rasha was exposing in Al Fagr article. She is the first journalist to be tried by the military prosecutor for criticizing the SCAF and exposing army torture. No constitution will ensure our freedom of speech if we don’t take a radical stand against censorship of press. Rasha’s case whether you agree with her personally or not is about this very principle.

If we let this case pass like Michael Nabil’s case, then we are falling in the constitutional trap SCAF is throwing at us, when in fact things on the ground in our daily lives are actually deteriorating. Those who are so focused on the constitution first are completely forgetting that with SCAF still in power, torture still practiced in prisons & stations, virginity checks conducted on female protestors, censorship of press & media, and evicted families still living on the street after promised national housing, no constitution will solve these practical issues without real pressure on the ground not on fancy paper.

I urge you to build pressure on issues that effect the daily lives of citizens today in the streets instead of focusing so much on the constitution. Although I believe drafting a constitution and building political parties is important, but it seems that the overwhelming majority of the political forces in Egypt now are focused on this while forgetting whom or what they are actually trying to help and achieve through this constitution. If the end mean for establishing this constitution is equality, democracy, accountability, freedom of speech, and justice, then why don’t those people also support cases that fight for those principles like Rasha Azab’s case, the evicted families living in front of Maspero, the family of martyrs on June 26th, the workers facing court this Saturday, and countless other cases. This is the revolution in my view. If we don’t win those battles that are fighting for the principles of the revolution, then we are not gaining any ground in this “revolution.”

Rasha Azab Summoned by Military Prosecutor

18 Jun

Rasha Azab @Rashapress

Journalist and activist Rasha Azab together with Adel Hammouda, editor in chief of Al Fagr Newspaper, have been summoned to appear tomorrow morning 11:00 am in front of the military prosecutor at C28 for publishing an article on military torture cases. Not long ago did the SCAF also summon journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy and TV presenter Reem Maged for criticizing SCAF and espceially Lawa Hamdy Baddeen on Baladna Bel Masry on OnTV.

The Article that Rasha Azab wrote in Al Fagr newspaper discussed the already known testimonies, cases of torture, and military police confrontations of abuse with civilians featured in Tahrir Diaries blog. Rasha was one of the people arrested during the March 9th military police crackdown, here is her testimony:

I am outraged that I find every couple of weeks or days a friend of mine or someone I know is summoned by military prosecutor, arrested, or sentenced for criticizing SCAF or protesting. We had a revolution for freedom of speech and the independence of press; however, nothing have changed. The taboo used to be Mubarak and now it is SCAF. The only way we can challenge this taboo is by breaking it and demand our right to criticize; NO BODY is above accountability especially those in power. The people are the red line and any journalist doing his or her job of exposing the truths about those in power should be rewarded or at least left alone not summoned and harassed!

Since the only thing that is working in this country at the moment is pressure from below, we are planning a stand in support with Rasha Azab and Adel Hammouda tomorrow morning at 10:30 in front of the military prosecutor in Naser City, please join. Let’s remember how Hossam El-Hamalawy was going for an interrogation and the only thing that saved him and turned it into a “chat over coffee” was the media and street pressure that we created. Tomorrow will be the same, we will not give up, we will not back down, Freedom freedom until victory!!

Down with SCAF!

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