Hannah Kamal is a screen writer and TV producer living in Cairo. She was present at Tuesday night’s protests at Tahrir Square and said she spoke directly to the families and supporters who were attacked just before the protests erupted.
The whole thing began two days ago, when the former minister of the interior Habib el-Adly’s trial was postponed for yet another month. This minister was in charge of security in Egypt, and was responsible for all the destruction, the killing and the harming of protesters from when our revolution began on January 25 until [former President] Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.
All people in Egypt, even the justice system know that he is guilty of this and despite knowing the facts they postponed his trial. They didn’t produce the verdict that we were all waiting for, that he should be executed - not sentenced to prison for life - for killing all those protesters. The fact that he was not sentenced made all people in Egypt so angry.
So yesterday, activists and the families of those who were murdered [during the country’s popular uprising in January and February], were already peacefully demonstrating at Tahrir Square and near the Interior Ministry to ask for the punishment of [people like el-Adly] who killed our sons and daughters.
Some of the victims’ families and their supporters went to El Balloon for a memorial celebration, where they found three buses and some very strange people pretending to be relatives of victims too. In fact, these people were thugs who started a fight with the victims’ families.
The police then came to break up the violence after it moved to Tahrir square. There were lots of police and security forces, and they used the exact same methods as they did during the revolution. They used gas bombs and rubber bullets against the protesters. The ministry of health has just officially announced that more than 1,000 people were injured
[although other media report 590 wounded] in the clashes.
However, since the revolution we’re no longer afraid of the Moltov cocktails, the guns or the gas bombs. It’s like watching a movie for the second time – we’ve already seen it”.
Post written with FRANCE 24 journalist Rachel Holman.