Egypt Presidency Statement

Below is my  translation of the statement published by the Egyptian Presidency early Friday, August 16th, 2013, according to the text posted on the Sada el-Balad website: http://www.el-balad.com/585838#.Ug1enRaVjZs

The Egyptian Presidency has closely followed the words of US President Barack Obama concerning events in Egypt. While Cairo appreciates the American concern of the developing events in Egypt, it would like things to be put in their correct context and the real facts of the situation on the ground to be understood. Towards that end, the Presidency would like to confirm the following.

First: Egypt is facing terrorist acts targeting government buildings and vital facilities. These have included tens of churches, courthouses, and police stations, as well as many public facilities and private properties.

Second: Armed violence groups have aimed to kill individuals and have targeted the civil facets of the Egyptian state, including libraries, museums, public parks, and educational buildings.

Third: The Egyptian Presidency, while mourning the fall of Egyptian victims and working hard on achieving social security and peace, confirms its full responsibility for the protection of the nation and the lives of its people.

Fourth: The Presidency fears that statements that do not depend on the truth of matters may lead to strengthening the armed violent groups and encouraging them in their path against stability and democratic transition, standing in the way of achieving the roadmap we insist on achieving on time, from a constitution all the way to parliamentary and presidential elections.

Fifth: Egypt appreciates the faithful positions of the world’s nations, but absolutely confirms its full sovereignty and independent decision, as well as enabling the will of the people which was shown on the 25th of January, 2011, and the 30th of June, 2013, for a better future for a great country.

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Sectarianism: Post-Sit-in Dispersal

A list of sectarian attacks after the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins yesterday compiled by Amira Mikhail, Mai El-Sadany, and myself…

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This post is dedicated to tracking the most recent wave of sectarian attacks across Egypt. The format has recently changed due to the sheer volume of data. Currently, everything is in a DATABASE instead of list format. If the database is not opening please contact us. The original format is saved, for those who need it for blog purposes, please contact us.

The blog was started and is managed by Mai El-SadanyAmir Beshay, and myself, Amira Mikhail. A sincere thanks goes to @Sleipne and Catie Burleson for the database development, and to Mina Fayek for contributing a lot of time to assist in the aggregation of information.

Please note that this is a work-in-progress and is being updated on a regular basis. Information so far is unverified although most is backed up with tweets and photos. We are hoping to continue the efforts to verify details. If…

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Eyewitness report…

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These two photos were taken just minutes apart earlier this morning from our office overlooking Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Giza’s Mohandessin district. Here is my personal eyewitness report of how the morning started before we left.

As a (female) friend and I arrived into Game’et el Dowal street around 8 in the morning, we could hear gunshots and the road was blocked, and I personally saw a rock being thrown, no clue by who or on whom. We had to take a side road, then got out of the car some 500 meters away from work and ran the rest of the way with people all around (including a police officer) telling us it’s not safe. Security at our building rushed us into the elevator, and we went to the office to presumably start our day.

Minutes into starting our work, we could hear shouts out the window and the occasional gunshot. We looked out, and the scene we saw is the one you see on the right above. Up until then, it seemed like it was a small scuffle, but then the noise started getting louder and we started seeing rising smoke. We looked out the window, and were met with the scene in the picture on the left. Tires were being set on fire, people on motorcycles were flooding into the square, the road was blocked on both sides, and a crowd was starting to form outside the mosque.

This is when our security started coming up and telling us we had to leave. They said they saw people shooting at the police and that the police (who are usually traffic police in this area when there’s nothing going on) couldn’t do anything and left. They also said there were Molotov cocktails and the main road was completely blocked. We evacuated the building, in a scene reminiscent of the 1992 earthquake, and got into the cars waiting right outside the building to get us out of the area.

The above is what I personally saw between 8 and 9:30 in the morning today, August 14th, 2013. From what I hear, things got much worse in the area afterwards. From the graffiti shown in footage of the area after we left, it’s obvious the people who were barricading the mosque, blocking the square, and shooting live ammo were supporters’ of former president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in what I believe is retaliation for the breaking up of their allegedly peaceful sit-ins earlier in the morning.