Montag, 21. März 2011

Ramy Essam - gefoltert vom ägyptischen Militär

Der Sänger Ramy Essam war einer der vielen Tausend vor allem jungen Menschen, die in Ägypten wochenlang auf dem zentralen Tahrir-Platz in Kairo gegen das Regime protestierten und schließlich den Präsidenten Hosni Mubarak stürzten. Während der Proteste verhielt sich das Militär weitgehend neutral und weigerte sich auf die eigene Bevölkerung zu schießen, was ihm ein hohes Ansehen verschaffte. Doch das saubere Bild des Militärapparats, der derzeit die alleinige Kontrolle über das Land ausübt, bekommt Brüche, seit bekannt wurde, dass es in den letzten Wochen gewaltsam gegen Protestierende vorgegangen ist und mehrere Festgenommene gefoltert hat.

Trotz Drohungen fand Ramy den Mut die Misshandlungen gegen ihn zu dokumentieren und öffentlich zu machen.



"Mein Name ist Ramy Essam. Am 9. März hat uns das Militär auf dem Tahrir Platz angegriffen. Sie kamen zusammen mit vielen Schlägern (baltagiya). Ihr Ziel war es alle Protestierenden  vom Platz zu räumen. Sie haben viele mitgenommen... Ich war einer davon.  Sie brachten uns zum Ägyptischen Museum und sie schlugen uns dort vom ersten Moment an brutal. Wir verstanden nicht warum wir verhaftet wurden und sie erklärten es nicht.   

Ich erhob keinen Widerspruch gegenüber den einfachen Soldaten, sie hätten unsere Position ohnehin nicht verstanden. Also wartete ich auf die politischen Offiziere, Ich war sicher sie würden uns besser verstehen.
Das Gegenteil war der Fall!  Die Offiziere gingen noch brutaler mit uns um. Ich wurde zu Boden geworfen und es wurde auf mich ein geprügelt.
Dann zogen sie mich aus und schnitten mir die Haare ab. Sie verwendeten verschiedene Arten der Folter... Sie schlugen uns mit Stöcken, Stromkabeln, Gürteln und Drähten.

Sie schlugen uns mehrmals ihren Schuhen ins Gesicht. Einer von ihnen sprang hoch und dann auf mein Gesicht und wieder zurück. Danach schleiften sie mich auf den Hinterhof des Museum und schmierten mir Dreck ins Gesicht. Offiziere begannen mir Elektroschocks zu verabreichen. Was soll ich sagen...

Gott schütze mich vor dem ägyptischen Militär."

Samstag, 19. März 2011

Weitere Zeugen

Ein weiteres Opfer vom 9.3.2011
Übersetzung folgt

Salma El Hosseiny Gouda


I am Salma El Hosseiny Gouda. I was prostesting in Tahrir Square and the beatings happend on Wednesday. I went to check out what was happening to defend my colleagues and try to bring them back because I was concerned for them. Then suddenly there were gunshots and people wanting to beat-up anybody... ...the army... tank... firing live ammunition... and we could have been hit. I don't know where I got this courage, but I stood in front of them and said: "You either hit me or you bring me my friends" Of course no one listened to me.

After the voilence cooled down as I was returning, before I could even pass the museum I found myself being arrested. One of the locals said, "Come here the Army wants you" Not one but about 15 of them surrounded me. One of them grabbed my hand as if he was grabbing a thief or a thug even thought you would never find a female thug roaming between the men. He (the local) took me to the Colonel. I don't even know what to say about this Colonel I honestly don't know what to say. As soon as he saw me he said, "Calm down, calm down." At fist I thought he was good, kind man. After I calmed down, I asked: "Why have you taken me? What do you want from me?" He responded by slapping me on the face...

Straight to the point, he said:
"You're one of those prostitutes that are all over the country and made people follow you" "You pretend that you're not afraid, when in fact you're all cowards. Look at yourself now"

I asked him: Why have you arrested me? What am i accused of? What have I done?"

He said: "You're getting people to follow you. Come here"

Anyways, the went to arrest us. Of course they began electrocuting my legs ... they applied electircity to my legs. And girls would be electrocuted on their chests and their legs. And ...extreme disrespect and lack of courtesy and vulgarity that no one can handle. By this time I had a nervous breakdown.

Then, as soon as one of my colleagues saw me, ...he went inside and said to the Army: "Guys, she is my fiancee." So they took and started beating him. They had initially broken one of his arms, so the proceeded to breaking his other one ...then they electrocuted him. They took him to the other men.

When we were taken to the military prison, the girls and I We were placed in room with two doors and a window ...the two doors were fully opened.
We begged this lady to close the doors and the window... but the lady refused and a girl would have to take off ALL her clothes and be searched
while cameras filmed us from outside to help them fabricate evidenc of prostitution on all of us, without any of us knowing. Very few of the girls actually took notice of these cameras. We had prostitution files made on us while we were there with absolutely noclothes on. And if a girl said she was a virgin, she was subjected to a "check-up" someone we did not know. Could've been a soldier or some kid from their behalf.

Montag, 14. März 2011

Ramy Essam - tortured by Egypt military

The Singer Ramy Essam was one of the thousands of mostly young people that protested for weeks against the regime on the central Tahrir square in Cairo and finally succeeded in forcing Hosni Mubarack to step down. During these protests the military stayed neutral in most of the time and refused to shoot the own population, which led to a good reputation for the army. But this clean picture of the one force that's controlling the country at the moment is in question, since the word spreads that the military starts using violence against protesters and tortured several captives.

In spite of being threatened he had the courage to go publish the abuses he suffered.

This video might be disturbing as it shows the woundings shortly after the where inflicted, please read the translation first and decide afterwards to watch it or not.!/No.For.Torture


"My name is Ramy Essam. On Wednesday, the 9th March the army attacked us in Midan Eltahrir. They had a lot of thugs with them. Their aim was to clear the Midan from all people protesting there. They took many people with them… I was among those people. They took us to the Egyptian Museum and since we entered they started hitting us severely. We did not understand why they arrested us and they never explained.

I did not object to the soldiers because I thought they wouldn't understand our position anyway. So I waited for the political officers to explain the situation, I was sure they would understand better.
The opposite happened! The officers dealt more harshly and more violently with us. I was thrown on the ground and beaten severely.
Then they took off my clothes and cut my hair. They used different sorts of torture. They bet us with hard sticks, electricity cables, belts and wires.

More than once they hit us in our faces with their shoes. One of them used to jump in the air and then step on my face and back. After that they dragged me to the backyard of the Museum and put dirt on my face. Some officers started electro-shocking me many times. What can I say…

I only seek refuge by my Lord against the Egyptian Military."