Egypt: Let’s Shoot those Protesters!
Date posted: April 20, 2010
Upon discussing recurrent demonstrations and the 6th of April pro-democracy protest, Egyptian ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) members of Parliament lashed out during a verbal battle with Muslim Brotherhood MPs over protesters in the country on Sunday and said Egyptian pro-democracy demonstrators “should be shot” by police.
Bikya Masr reported:
The statements have been met with widespread anger from the activist community, who continue to force their voices to be heard in a climate of seemingly never-ending government crackdowns.
In a post tilted "let the revolution start", Zeinobia could not believe that:
MP Ragab Hamida and MP Nashat El-Kassas have called the ministry of interior to use live ammunition against protesters during a discussion about the 6th April youth !!!
She commented saying:
Live ammunition !!?? well if they want live ammunition, then they want a revolution and the question now:
Are they ready for one !!? Because the people are really ready for revolution, they are fed up and can't take it anymore.
Both Zeinobia and Bikya Masr quoted the MPs saying that they called the demonstrators
all kinds of names including traitors !!
It is not enough that those who were arrested look like this upon their release, [Pictures of activist Bahaa Saber who was kidnapped in a protest for change on April 13th and was brutally tortured until his release two days later.]
According to Bikya Masr:
MP Hassan Nashat al-Kassas said, referring to the April 6 Youth Movement who recently held two protesters in Cairo where police violently beat them and arrested many, that “they are not youth activists, they are a bunch of idlers.”
Fellow MP Ahmed Abu Akrab chimed into the conversation and said that Egypt “enjoys a democratic climate these days.”
But, al-Kassas went a step further in his comments during the verbal battle in Parliament, saying that protesters should be punished for their actions. He said the government should “beat [them] strongly, shoot them not only by water hoses … they deserve fire,” a reference to using live ammunition against mainly peaceful demonstrators.
In an initial post, Wild at Heart wrote addressing the MPs:
جتكوا القرف، النشطاء والعمال والصحفيين وأعضاء أحزاب المعارضة وكل المظلومين والجعانين والمخنوقين في البلد دي حيفضلوا يتظاهروا وينزلوا الشارع لحد ما تغوروا في ستين داهية
In a subsequent post, Wild at Heart posted pictures of the MPs who called for shooting down protesters saying that they are
Nawara Negm wrote an angry post titled:
وعشان تبقوا عارفين.. الدولة النازية لو ما صلحتش نفسها من خلال شعبها حييجي اللي يربيها من برة
كل الدول الفاشيست حصل لها كده، يا تصلح نفسك يا تترن علقة
Amira AlTahawi – who lost her job over exposing the fake virginity scam – believes that: