March 16, 2011
Egypt Off the Old Block: Army Torture Alleged
Assuming this account to be true or substantially so, it appears that the military core of the regime either is, or has elements that are, pushing back hard after the removal of Fearless Leader.
Rather nasty torture and humiliation of Tahrir Square demonstrators starting at the Egyptian Museum is being reported, and I don't mean merely having to endure a presentation by ubiquitous Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass.
. The electrical jolts were applied to her legs, shoulders and stomach. She pleaded with the soldier to stop. Repeating what the demonstrators had chanted in Tahrir Square, she said, “I begged them. I said, ‘You are my brothers. The army and the people are one.’” Her tormentor replied, “No, the military is above the nation. And you deserve this.”
At around 11 p.m., Samira and others were moved to one of the main military prisons. She would remain there for three more days. Over those days, the abuse, insults and intimidation continued. . . . But the most humiliating moment was when they first brought her into the prison. She and 10 other women arrested in the square were stripped and forcibly examined to determine whether they were virgins. She had been told that any woman found not to be a virgin would have prostitution added to her charges.
When they led her into the room where she would suffer this indignity, she paused for a moment. Behind the military man waiting for her, she noticed a photograph. It was a portrait of Hosni Mubarak. She asked the soldier, “Why do you keep that up there?” He replied, “Because we like him.”
Posted by Matthew Hogan at March 16, 2011 09:09 PM
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She asked the soldier...
This part sounds made up to me. In that context, unless you're suicidal (not brave, just stupid and suicidal), you just shut up.
Lots of people started feeling very brave, starting January 25th. What was irrational before became something to consider later on.
Posted by: Guybrush Threepwood at March 18, 2011 12:24 AM
No. There's a difference between fighting in the streets (yes, including when you're facing guns and only have a stone) and when you're in a room at the mercy of a torture team. In the latter case, being anything that would be interpreted as defiant - and that includes opening your mouth when not invited to do so - is not brave, it's suicidally stupid. It only happens in Hollywood where Mr Psycho Bad Guy usually has a thread of conscience or would hesitate for some mysterious reason to drown you in a bath of crap after raping you, pulling your nails off, lighting off his cigarettes on your skin, beating you and electrocuting you to near death, and before moving on to the rest of your family.