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I have no words to describe the gratuitous brutality displayed by the Egyptian army in this video.

THE INTRODUCTION to the video reads:

Kasr al-Aini events [the street on which the violence has been centered], 17/12/2011
To those defending the military council
To the oblivious who believe that the army and people are one hand
To El-Ganzoury [current 'Prime Minister' of Egypt], did you speak the truth?
And finally, are those the Earth’s finest soldiers?

Thanks to Dalia Rabie from The Daily News Egypt for the translation.

The brutality of the Egyptian military

Some context:
(I strongly suggest you check out some of the links below for more detailed information)

  • Early Friday morning a protester from the sit-in outside the Egyptian cabinet was arrested and beaten by military police.
  • The situation escalated until the military took to the rooftops of nearby buildings and began hurling rocks, petrol bombs, and whatever else they could get their hands on – including office furniture, and in one case, a stream of urine – onto the protesters below, who of course responded with their own missiles.
  • Military police broke up the sit-in using their standard crowd-control tactics: if it moves, beat it; if it doesn’t move, beat it till it does.
  • Cue hours of cat-and-mouse fighting that pitted protesters armed with rocks, molotov cocktails, and hard hats, against a national army armed with all of the above plus, you know, guns.
  • Early today the military stormed Tahrir Square, destroying field hospitals, arresting doctors and patients, burning tents, and attacking media outlets that were covering the violence. [These are the events shown in the video.]
  • At least nine people are confirmed dead and over 350 injured, and at time of writing the violence shows no sign of ending.

For more detail check out recent posts on The Arabist and by Egyptian blogger Zeinobia, and this piece by al-Jazeera.

A few photo sets: OccupyCabinet evacuation and Compilation of photos showing army brutality.

The government has denied the army engaged in any unnecessary violence. Sadly, people believe this shit.

Activism + Politics


About The Author

Nick Rowlands

Nick lived in Egypt for six years, working as a tour leader, EFL teacher, city guide editor, and online guidebook writer. He's currently in San Francisco searching for his centre. He (kinda sporadically) blogs at Delicious Chaos, and you can follow him on twitter.

  • Ian MacKenzie

    Horrible…the fight for freedom continues even after the dictator is gone…the dictator in the minds of the army live on…

  • Michelle Schusterman

    Good lord.

  • disguisted

    Well these are the soldiers, Im pretty sure you join an army to protect the people. wow what abunch of morons these so called soldiers are. They could be beating the life out of their own famalies and wouldnt know any different in the chaos.

    bunch of animals

  • Jeff

    How the hell can human beings treat others like this. What is wrong with these people. Where are the governments of the world now. Who is going to help these people fight for freedom? 

  • hdmi

      Funny how the Egyptian military was on the side of the people when they were protesting Mubarak’s reign, and now that the military has his power, it is acting just like him. Brilliant strategy – earn the trust of the people and help them direct their anger at a different target. Then when that target is destroyed, take its place quietly while the people still think you’re on their side.

  • Megan Eileen McDonough

    This is horrible to watch. I visited Egypt in January 2011, weeks before the first riots broke out. This is not the Egypt I remember. I hope conditions drastically improve.

  • Level141171

    The Egyptian Military and Police are nothing more than Dog’s. Civil war is coming to Egypt, the military has the inability to release power or authority. The same old familiar story, no oil, no western intervention.

  • P.T

    Where is Hillary Clinton now? Where’s the UN now? Where’s Obama’s peace speech? These people won’t rest until the middle east is swallowed by the devil that is “them”.

  • Jaime

    This breaks my heart… 

  • Anthony JerseyBoy Pérez

    This  is horrible. :( speechless

  • Shirlsays

    from comments i read, seems the same old thing. If US gets involved, they are getting into something that is none of thier business and if the dont, it is because there is nothing in it for them. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!

  • Furuna

    It’s not horrible. You get to choose who you vote for. In this case it appears that revolution brought the same sh*t. Blame the voters not police or military that follow orders…

    • Andy

      You sir are an idiot, they didn’t vote for anyone. The military assumed control after they ejected an autocratic tyrant, they protest because they want fair and free elections. You can hardly blame those who demand secular democracy whilst saying it is fine that police and military obey orders to harm the citizens. It clearly is horrible, if you think otherwise that probably says something about you doesn’t it.

      • Hippocoratus

        And now the same brutalized people votes for the army to rule the whole country :/

  • TP

    I have a question regarding the picture here shown; do Egyptian soldiers use AllStar sneakers? Who is that guy kicking the girl?

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