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Egypt and its Revolution: Alaa Abd El Fattah

December 1, 2011

From Alaa Abd El Fattah, Egyptian political activist and prisoner, who smuggled out a letter written on Nov. 1st of this year.

[…]The memories come back to me, all the details of imprisonment; the skills of sleeping on the floor, nine men in a six-by-12-foot (two-by-four-metre) cell, the songs of prison, the conversations. But I absolutely can’t remember how I used to keep my glasses safe while I slept.

They have been stepped on three times already today […]

Alaa Abd El Fattah is being held in connection to the demonstrations held on October 9, 2011 which turned deadly — the Maspero Massacre. He is being charged with incitement and theft of a military weapon, with no evidence to support the charges. There is however, abundant evidence, that the military are responsible for the killing of unarmed demonstrators on that day.

Abdel Fattah and Bahaa Saber, another political activist, were questioned about their political affiliations by a military prosecutor. They refused to answer and said that they did not recognize the military’s authority to try civilians in a military courtroom.

Human rights activists have argued that the military cannot hold nor interrogate civilians in connection to the violence at Maspero because the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is responsible for the deaths.

On November 14, the prosecutor renewed Abdel Fattah’s detention for a further 15 days.

Go here to read the Human Rights Watch report.

*Pictured Below: Alaa Abd El Fattah and wife, Manal

The Egyptian (and Syrian) people awe and humble me.

Witness

Trigger Warning.

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