Ahmed in Tahrir
The Egyptian Revolution never quite won. The military (the source of Mubarak) just took power, in trust. But they’re not leaving. And they’ve been arresting, torturing and thugging like before. Now the trust has run out, and there are tens of thousands in Tahrir again.
This year I met Ahmed Salah, one of the street organizers, in Madrid. Great guy, very intelligent and fun. I’ve been following his updates on Facebook and they’re alternately hopeful and terrifying. They’re killing and gassing people in the streets, which didn’t happen before. I pray that he and the Egyptian people make it out OK and can put a peaceful end to military rule. These are some of his updates:
“Part of Tahrir today” [Saturday]
Please share everyone:
The Egyprian revolution is being massacred today by the military. Escalating clashes all day between security forces with criminals on one side, and us on the other. They are using rubber coated bullets, shot guns and a huge amount of tear gaz (made in USA)
Scores of enjuries, friends lost their eyes, and I suffocated
We need your support
We need everones support (19 November)
Number of protestors is over 200 thousands and still keeping Tahrir while under constant attack (20 November)
“At the front line resting after a police attack”
All those tear gas canisters are made in the USA and produced 2011. They were not bought, but given as military aid. It is American tax payers money used to opress us in Egypt. Please, share with every American you know, so they know where their money goes (20 November)
“Bodies of some of those killed by the military earlier today put in rubbish by the military”
Today we lost in Tahrir at least 27 Martyrs and 1700 injured. And the toll is rising. A huge wave of arrests, and an expected bigger crack down.
And we expect a massive attack any time now as we r past midnight, the favourite time for the attackers (21 November)
A 13 yo child was the martyr i just saw a few minutes ago. One martyr after another keep coming. And scores of wounded. All with live ammo. This massacre commited by the military is a crime against humanity. We all need ur help so please dont deny us ur effort. Talk to your representatives, media, friends, organize rallies, etc… Whatever… The military are taking over and are ready to do anything to secure this
Please help us (21 November)
No way to use internet inside the square
Had to go outside
Dare i say this is a real revolution
Definitely a couple of hundred thousand ppl at least in the area
Dont think what u see on camera is the real number
Most ppl are in thr streets facing the brutal troops and falling as victims of the live ammo, shot guns, and banned chemicals in those powerful canisters
But still facing all this with incredible heroism shouting:
The ppl want the dowlfall of the regime once again
The fight has been nonstop except during a short truce of 90 minutes in the early morning
The nassacre continues and so does the heroism of those great ppl
I am proud (21 November)
I wasnt able to use internet anymore using my Vodafone cell phone data connevtion
I’m using now Etisalat while there’s news they intend to cut Internet connection and probably phones as well.
It is a real massacre, they are using nerve gas and poisonous chemicals and scores are taken to hospitals dying, and many die there. I was by the front line many times with full gear, but around are all those brave heros with no protection and keep shouting against the scaf, shouting for freedom, while they keep falling but never failing, they say they will never leave there alive unless victorious and free
Those are all true heroes they made me shocked with their courage and faith in their cause, facing utter brutality and barbarism by those despirate military that cling to power with total insanity
We need the world to act right now
The death toll is so much more than what u hear on the news, as foreign reporters I took to the front lines had seen
If u look at the numbers as seen on TV you’d be mistaken to think this what you see… There’s as many in all fronts crowding in those streets and getting massacred. The use of live ammo is confirmed in doctors reports
Please act now
Please share with all (22 November)
Showing symptoms of being poisoned by the toxic chemical gases.
I feel really sick (22 November)
Most ppl on the front lines wrote their names and their families phone numbers on their arms and legs, so when they die, they could be recognized and burried by their families (22 November)
From Sri Lanka I don’t know what more I can do. The US has more leverage here than anywhere, but not sure what they’re doing with it. I just hope and pray that Ahmed and his friends are safe and strong, and that they win what they deserve. The Egpytian Revolution was an inspiration (such that its in Indian ads) but it’s not yet done. Neither are the Egyptian people.
A lot of Ahmed’s updates are public, I think you can follow them here.