Monday, November 26, 2012

Dar Al Qada' Stand: Friend or Foe..

Date: Saturday 24 November 2012

Just returned from Dar Al Qada' stand.. What happened was a disgrace and a criminal act! There we were.. peacefully demonstrating.. voicing our opposition in the most civilized way.. And then someone said: Hey it's the Ultras and we were jubilant! I couldn't see them well but saw a crowd of youth walking down from Ramsis/Is3af down Fouad St. towards where we were standing in front of the gate of Dar Al Naqd and they were shouting what we thought were patriotic slogans.. They started firing fireworks, shamareekh and we waved and clapped, happily cheering them on.. Oh, how nice, what an entrance.. Then we became alarmed that the shamareekh were fired non-stop and they started falling on our heads! Then they closed in on the Dar Al Naqd building itself and the shamareekh were fired on the windows, the doors and many hit the building and deflected and fell on us.. Panic struck as the realization hit us that this was a group of baltageya and not ultras!! Women started shouting and men running here and there, and there was a stampede.. Our group tried to hold our ground but as the sparks fell on our heads we scrambled to safety only to face a stampede in the making as the protesters were fleeing from in front of the aggressive baltageya! Many familiar faces were also there but we lost each other in the mayhem that followed. Then those criminals picked up the large metal traffic barricade and around 10 of them carried it and started hitting at the Dar Al Naqd large metal gate trying to force it open! Police then started firing tear gas indiscriminatingly to try and stop them! A young man was badly injured some say by cartouche and others say by shamroukh that hit him in the side but he was bleeding profusely and I heard a woman crying that he died. I pray to God that he's alright.. Another stampede ensued and we decided to leave for Tahrir.. WHAT IS THIS? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?? من أنتم Is this the way it's going to be from now on? We, the peaceful demonstrators being attacked and intimidated by street thugs?? Everyone was saying that these thugs were Ikhwan, or at best commissioned by them to do this dirty job.. I personally don't know.. For all I know they might even be affiliated to the old regime.. Whoever they were, they are a disgrace to every decent and honest Egyptian.. I was, and still am, badly shaken and upset.. And one last thing.. We are naive, so naive.. but I'll reserve that for another post.. I am truly upset.. حزينة ومشوشة الفكر ومش عارفة رايحين على فين.. بس اللي شفته النهاردة رعبني إننا داخلين على حرب.. المصريون منقسمون على أنفسهم وأخشى ما أخشاه أن هذا النفق المظلم المدلهم يقلب على شئ بشع يأتي على الأخضر واليابس.. اللهم احفظ مصر وأهلها من كل سوء ومن شر الفتن ما ظهر منها وما بطن.. آمين

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