VIDEO: Activists provide MPs with videos alleging military violations and torture; demand action

Salma Shukrallah , Wednesday 16 May 2012

Short films compiling footage of military violations and testimonies of torture handed to parliamentary committees to take action

Abbasiya Square
File photo: Protesters run during clashes with army and riot police in Abbasiya near Egypt's Defence Ministry in Cairo on 4 May 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Several activists have provided members of the parliamentary human rights committee and the defence and national security committee with footage showing military violations, in addition to testimonies of torture, demanding the case is raised by Parliament for investigation.

The compiled videos, collected from different news channels as well as from footage filmed by activists, mainly cover the military's dispersion of an anti-military council rally two weeks ago, when tens of thousands of demonstrators marched on the Ministry of Defence.

According to the two compiled clips, the military has cooperated with plain clothed "thugs" to violently disperse the march. Testimonies of two of those arrested during the clashes allege torture was also repeatedly used against those detained.

In addition, some of the footage shows attacks made by unknown assailants against the sit-in held at the defence ministry days before the Friday mass rally, when ten people lost their lives and dozens more were injured.

In one of the videos, links are made between citizens violently attacking others with the illegal weapons at the sit-in held in the Abbasiya district, where the defence ministry is located, and pro-SCAF events and demonstrations.

According to one of the activists who provided the films, MPs who received the footage included a member of the Freedom and Justice Party and a member of the Free Egyptians Party, both also members of the committee which heard several of the detainees' testimonies in parliament last Wednesday. 

Since the onset of violence on 28 April at the Abbasiya Square sit-in, at least ten protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured in the ensuing clashes.

On Friday 4 May, 300 protesters were arrested in a crackdown by military personnel. Fifteen female protesters were released shortly after, and some students were also let go days later.

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