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Morsi, CSF and Torturing Protestors on Air

Mostafa Hussein, Blogging on the wrong side - Sat, 24/11/2012 - 10:27pm

Not only protesters are being teargassed and hit at by shotguns in their face on the outskirts of Tahrir square. They are being dragged, beaten and tortured on the streets. This is not new. What's new is that this was broadcasted live on TV tonight. This happened before during Mubarak and SCAF. But it's new for Morsi.

Why is this happening again? The answer is very simple. The police has enjoyed total impunity over its actions for years. This hasn’t changed.

Few policemen were tried and convicted for torture over the past years. Central Security Forces (CSF) were never held accountable for their brutality. Additionally, most of the court cases for killing the protesters during the early days of the revolution were against police in police stations and not against the CSF units which were running around, shooting protesters with their shotguns from whatever range and in any direction they liked, shooting teargas canisters in the face and chest, and running over people with their armoured vehicles.

In fact, the top generals of the CSF were acquitted from charges of killing the protesters. Al-Adly and Mubarak received their sentences because they failed to stop the violence on the day of protests but not for responsibility over the killings. Who committed the killings? The court said, “an unknown third party did.”

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