My friend Omar is one the hardcore believers in the revolution. He has put a lot of effort in trying to convince people not to give up on our cause. He has lost his voice talking and arguing with people in Tahrir, has created an awareness video to explain why we need to continue protesting, has written many notes to increase people’s understanding of happenings and this is his latest attempt to actively bring official’s attention to mishaps along the way to betterment. Here is Omar’s letter to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf regarding recent arrest and torture incidents in Tahrir.
Dear Dr. Essam,
Allow me to congratulate you first on becoming our new Prime Minister. I’m sure you already know just how much we all expect from you, and I hope our expectations have not placed too heavy a burden on your shoulders.
I’m equally sure you know that the growing consensus now is that we need to move to a presidential council and we need to start drafting a whole new constitution based on the values of our revolution. I understand that these issues might not be directly under your authority, but we’re all hoping you are pushing for them to secure Egypt’s future.
The reason I write this email, though – is because of the unreasonable brutality the army has recently deployed towards what we KNOW are peaceful protesters. The Cairo Museum has been made into a torture chambers, and the blood being spilled on its floors is the blood of peaceful demonstrators. The same peaceful demonstrators who were the foot soldiers of the Jan25 Revolution. It makes no sense that the Supreme Military Council salutes the martyrs of our revolution and then takes it upon itself to torture the ones still alive – and doing so in the Cairo Museum – a place that should symbolize Egypt’s culture – makes it all the more shameful and grotesque.
I IMPLORE you – I BEG of you that you take this matter into urgent consideration. That you make sure all innocent protesters are released immediately – that you lift this dark violent cloud from the Cairo Museum, and that you make it VERY clear that peaceful protesters are NOT the ones you intended to intimidate with the new ‘thug’ and ‘baltageya’ laws just brought forth.
I’m sure you have some idea of what’s been going on in the museum, and if you don’t – I’d be glad to connect you with people who have been there, and whose testimonies and videos can be found on facebook and through twitter. They are friends of close friends, and I know that what they’re saying is true.
Please don’t let the heroes of this revolution be tortured by the army that has promised to be the caretaker and protector of this revolution – or else – I worry that things will get out of control. I fear a day when the Egyptian population realizes that they have only won the first of their battle, and I know that a conflict with the army (born of distrust and torture) would lead this country down a very dark corridor.
Friday, March 11, 2011