Egyptian Activist Pleads From Inside Police Van Following Arrest in Tahrir Square
An Egyptian activist was arrested on February 28 following a solo protest in Tahrir Square, local media reported.Photographs of Ahmed Mohy holding a sign calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi were widely shared on social media (see here, here and here).The first video here shows Mohy in a police van.
He says he was arrested for holding a sign calling for el-Sisi’s resignation.
Another man, who later identifies himself as Mohamed Youssef, can be heard pleading to be released.Mohy begins to cry as he describes Youssef’s arrest, saying Youssef was apprehended for photographing his protest.
He says, “In Egypt, if you raise your mobile up, you are a criminal.
If you say a word, you are a criminal.
If you speak to anybody you are a criminal.
If you say that we are suffering, you are a criminal.”The men repeatedly ask where they are being taken.
At one point, Youssef can be heard asking what he is being charged with.
Mohy says, “We are going somewhere, we don’t know what will happen to us.
Maybe they will inject us, maybe they will kill us, maybe they will burn us, maybe they will bury us, maybe they will do anything.
We don’t know what the destiny is, but we are facing our destiny as men.”Mohy calls for support at the beginning of the video, “I want you to stand up for me,” adding, “I don’t want to face the unknown destiny like Khaled Saeed.” The remark was in reference to a man killed by police in 2010, whose death is credited by some with spurring revolt in the country in 2011.At one point, he says, “I previously attacked the Muslim Brotherhood, and I attacked the radical groups like the Islamic State and others.
I am not a person who will be put under the label of radicalism.”In a video showing Mohy in Tahrir Square, he says, “I am in Tahrir Square, and God willing people will come today to protest against the blood that was spilled yesterday,” in an apparent reference to a train crash that killed at least 24 people the previous day.In the police van, he says he is protesting against el-Sisi’s unwillingness to invest money into the country’s rail infrastructure.A video showing el-Sisi saying he would not invest in improving the railway system in the country in 2017 was widely shared on social media following the crash.The video ends with Mohy pleading, “Don’t forget me, don’t forget your county.” As the video ends, he says, “I am not afraid of anything, I am sure I will be tortured..”The Egyptian Center for Economic & Social Rights (Ecesr) said police stations denied Mohy’s presence when their lawyer asked about him.Social media users tweeted the hashtags #WeAreReturningToTahrir, #SupportAhmedMohy (#ادعم_أحمد_محيي), and #SisiResign (#ارحل_ياسيسي) following Mohy’s arrest.NOTE: Mohy’s videos and translations can be viewed below.
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Credit: Ahmed Mohy via Storyful