Dispatch From Ferguson

Ashley Yates:

The night after Sunday's vigil, my fiancée and I returned home and watched a documentary on the Egyptian Revolution in Tahir Square.
I never would have imagined two days later, some of those very people would be tweeting me information on what to do after being tear gassed.

“Sister,” they said, “rinse with milk.”

Palestinians tweeted me to move against the wind. “We are Ferguson,” they wrote.

Meanwhile, those that stand beside us, hands over hearts, repeating liberty and justice for all never told us the exception to that rule. But they show it to us daily. They fall silent when we suffer. They look away when we die. They exist beside us daily, living, breathing, being; yet we never occupy the same space.

That space was never meant for us anyway. It was a trap set to make us easy targets. Michael Brown was your last catch. His death was the fuse that ignited the powder keg of oppression you thought you had us trapped in.

The world heard the boom. Our freedom came loudly.

It will echo on. We will not be silenced.

They saw themselves in our oppression. They bonded to us by adversity. Our struggle is their struggle and the justice we all seek is the same. The bombs that light up Gaza at night and the bullets that killed Michael Brown are cousins in lethality. We share no formal allegiance. We have become a family related by blood. 

Dispatch From Ferguson

Breaking News: 327 killed in violence across‪ #‎Egypt‬; more than 20 churches torched; historical sites, museums shut down

1. The Ministry of Health has announced that 327 have been killed and 2926 injured in violence across Egypt as security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins.

In Rabaa al-Adaweya’s sit-in alone, 113 people were killed, while 21 were killed in El-Nahda Square. In Helwan 18 were killed, and the deaths across other governorates have reached 175.

2. A Coptic Diocese and 15 homes belonging to Copts have been torched and stormed by Morsi supporters in Assiut. This comes after more than 20 churches were torched or stormed across Egypt, and countless homes and properties owned by Copts destroyed or damaged.

3. All of Egypt’s archaeological sites and museums have been shut down indefinitely after violence spread across Egypt. The move was done to ensure the protection of these sites from looting or encroachment.

During violence across Egypt, the Malawy Museum in Minya was attacked, with reports of looting of some of its contents. Morsi supporters also attempted to attack the National Museum of Alexandria but were dispersed by security forces.

[Photo: Rabaa al-Adaweya after the dispersal of protesters]

Via: A-Revolt Digital Anarchy

“إن لم نستطع العيش على أرضها بحرية وكرامة فباطنها أولى بنا” #Tahrir #graffiti (at Mohammed Mahmoud St.)

Protesters overwhelming Tahrir Square. The big open space in the middle is the Square, but you can see them overflowing into the surrounding streets and even covering the bridge across the Nile. I can’t emphasize this enough if you’ve never been here: THIS IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF SPACE.


Egyptian blogger convicted & sentenced for insulting Mohamed Morsi’s already tarnished reputation
June 4, 2013

A high-profile Egyptian blogger and activist was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday merely for insulting President Mohamed Morsi, in what campaigners said was the first major conviction in a legal crackdown on critics.

More than 100 of Ahmed Douma’s supporters filled the courtroom in a Cairo suburb and chanted slogans against the Islamist president during the hearing. “It’s clear that the government is trying to threaten activists with these cases,” said one of his lawyers, Ali Soliman.

Douma, found guilty of accurately labeling the president a criminal and a murderer in media interviews, was allowed to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds bail to stay out of prison pending an appeal, according to Soliman.

Morsi, voted in after a popular revolt ousted his predecessor Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has dismissed accusations by rights groups that his government and allies want to crush dissent. But one Egyptian campaign group has said in a report two dozen cases of “insulting the president” were brought in the first 200 days of Morsi’s rule - four times as many as during Mubarak’s 30 years in power. “The irony is that the president elected after the 25 January revolution is still maintaining the same restrictive laws that have been in place for decades,” said Gamal Soltan, political science professor at the American University in Cairo.

Douma was arrested on April 30 on charges of insulting the president in the aftermath of deadly clashes in February between locals and police in the Suez Canal city of Port Said.

Morsi has pointed to his banning of pre-trial detention of journalists as proof of his commitment to a free press, though his government has not amended laws with a wide scope for prosecution on grounds of ‘defamation’ (speaking the truth about Mohamed Morsi).

“[The penal code] allows citizens to be locked up for expression-related crimes,” punishing citizens for “legitimate political criticism of the authorities,” said Heba Morayef, Egypt director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch, after the case.