Kareem Amer, den ich hier vor einer Woche gefeiert habe, war unterdessen wieder fast eine Woche in Haft. Auf „Daily Beast“ beschreibt er, was er und sein Freund mitgemacht haben – in den Händen des Militärs, das nun immer mehr zum entscheidenden Faktor in der Krise des Landes wird:
On February 7, a group of thugs attempted to confiscate his friend’s videotapes after they left Tahrir Square. The thugs handed the blogger and filmmaker over to military police for having violated the curfew. Amer spent one day in a local prison and was later shipped to an army jail in what he described as „the middle of the desert.“
I asked Kareem if the prison was similar to Borj Al Arab, the jail where he spent the last four years for having criticized the Egyptian dictator and „insulted“ Islam. „No way,“ he said. „This prison was like a trash-can. The cell was tiny and the bathroom was disgusting. They did not allow us to shower even once since we were arrested. People were treated harshly and severely tortured on a daily basis. They were tortured in front of our eyes–water-boarded, beaten with sticks, and electrocuted.„
How could the Egyptian army commit such violations given that they claim to be neutral or even on the side of the people? „What neutrality?“ Amer responded angrily. „They are on the side of the regime. They are humiliating the people. You would not have believed what we saw in this short period in prison.“
On Friday, all the prisoners Kareem was with were suddenly and unexpectedly freed. „Thousands of prisoners were released, even those who had killed soldiers,“ Amer said. „They abandoned us in the middle of the night on a desert highway that connected Suez City with Cairo. We were stopped by a military tank that almost opened fire on us. But when they found out we had been in a military prison, they let us go. A truck was stopped and it took us to Cairo.“
Kareem and Samir’s experience is a microcosm of the brutality of the Egyptian regime. Thousands are being held in prison and torture is commonplace. Tens of journalists have been arrested by army intelligence and they are apparently targeting those who work with foreign and American media outlets.
While the army has gone to great lengths to protect the headquarters of state security, they failed to protect the people of Egypt as they were beaten and killed in the streets by thugs on horseback and camelback. (…)