UPDATE: We don’t know where Amr is. According to lawyers and rights activists, both the military police and the interior ministry claim they do not have him in custody. Please follow updates on this Facebook page…
UPDATE: Amr is now home. I guess he’ll be sharing with us soon the details of his disappearance.
Several members of the popular committees were injured severely today in an attack by sword wielding thugs in Talaat Harb Street in the afternoon. Two of the six thugs were detained, beaten up and interrogated by the protesters.
The two thugs were strip searched by the popular committees looking for any more weapons they might have been carrying, and were interrogated in front of journalists. One of them said that he was sent by the Abdeen Police Station, but later retracted his claim.
The two thugs were tied to palm trees in the square, before they were handed over to a lawyer later who took them to the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. They were given first aid treatment and released.
Central Security Forces soldiers on Wednesday destroying the pavement bricks, to make piles of rocks they can throw later at protesters.
Graffiti in Mohamed Mahmoud Street: “The Interior (Ministry) are thugs”…
Thousands demonstrated on Friday in Tahrir Square, demanding public trial of Mubarak, his interior ministry Habib el-Adly, and other regime figures.
The square and the surrounding streets since early morning have been emptied from all police and military presence. Most of the established political forces, most notably the Muslim Brothers, did not take part in the demonstrations.
The families of the martyrs were present, and demanded speedy trials of the police murderers, as it’s becoming clear day by day that they will get away with what they did. More shockingly, most police officers who are currently undergoing trial still hold their positions (or have been promoted)! Demonstrators also denounced the brutal police crackdown on the protests in the square on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Protesters marched, in solidarity with the detainees, by 4pm on the ministerial cabinet headquarters and the interior ministry. Policemen from inside the interior ministry’s compound threw rocks and were making provocative gestures with their hands. Protesters responded by rocks and a shower of insults and chants against both the military and the police.
I’ve heard today very strong chants, demanding the execution of Mubarak, Adly and Field Marshal Tantawi. While some are staging a sit in at the moment, others will resume protesting tomorrow, in the run up to the mass protests planned next Friday 8 July.
General Hassan el-Roweini, head of the army’s Central Zone Command, showed up in Tahrir on 5 February, trying to convince the protesters of suspending the sit-in, following the “Battle of the Camel”, when Mubarak’s thugs descended on Tahrir to slaughter us under the watchful “neutral” eye of the army. In the video above, General el-Roweini describes the Tahrir occupation as a “soap opera” and denies knowledge of any protesters killed by the thugs.
The brave doctors in the makeshift clinic responded back to his allegations, and refused to go away. I don’t know who’s “Doctor Sherif” who appears in the video, but I salute his bravery.
Activists and families of martyrs who fell during the uprising, protest in Maspero on Friday, accusing the interior ministry of thuggery.
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