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Ahmed Mounir’s testimony

شهادة أحمد منير باللغة العربية

I wasn’t at Maspero – I was at the Coptic Hospital because it’s close to my house. I saw on Twitter that they needed blood donors at the hospital, so I got dressed and headed over, and then what happened happened.

I want to begin by saying that I was following the news on Twitter before the television channels broadcast anything. I put together all the confirmed news from friends of mine who were there — and what happened was as follows:

First of all, the march was peaceful. The Coptic protesters did not have a single weapon on them. They were standing there, just chanting slogans, and things were normal. There were also Muslims there in solidarity.

Suddenly, without any warning, the tanks burst in and ran a lot of people over. It was a scene reminiscent of the Day of Anger (January 28). Those who don’t believe this should watch this video:

Or they can go to the Coptic Hospital in Ramsis and see the corpses of people who have been truly crushed..

After this, there were clashes between the army and the protesters — but it was the army that began by killing protesters, mowing people down, and provoking the others into a confrontation.

Second, and this may be even more crucial, more dangerous — it was the despicable Egyptian state television that incited strife by broadcasting news of the death of army soldiers and reporting that the Christians were killing the army! Not only that, it even issued a call to citizens to go out and protect the army from the Christians!!! This was a clear attempt to ignite conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Anyway, going back to the Coptic Hospital: as soon as I heard they needed blood I headed over. There was a large gathering of the families of Coptic protesters because of all those who had been injured and killed. They were just standing there, when suddenly the citizens who had responded to the despicable call made by state television arrived. They were attacking the hospital with rocks, flare guns and wooden sticks. I stood in the middle between the Muslims coming at us and the Christians, and started yelling: “Guys, I’m Muslim, I swear! Guy, the television is lying! A lot of them have been killed!” until my voice was gone. I was turning around, telling the Christians to retreat and trying to prevent the others from getting at them, when I was hit by a rock on the back of my head. I had to get stitches.

As for Egyptian state television and the army that ran people over — may God punish those responsible.

Published on October 10, 2011 at 3:13 am on the witness’s Facebook page under the title “Egyptian state TV is responsible for the blood that’s been spilled: My testimony of the Maspero events”.

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