Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Protesting Police Brutality & State-Sponsored Yellow Journalism
Around 100 protesters congregated outside the headquarters of the state-owned Al-Gomhuria Newspaper in downtown Cairo today where they chanted slogans against the brutal murder of Alexandrian youth Khaled Said at the hands of police forces (on June 6th), and against the subsequent cover-ups and pathetic justifications for Said's murder published in this yellow newspaper's pages.
Slogans were chanted against Al-Gomhuria's blatant lies, against President/Dictator Hosni Mubarak, Minister of Interior - Habib "El Butcher" Adly, the State-Security Apparatus, the police in general, and the oppressive Emergency Law which has governed the country for the past 29 years.
Other slogans urged the journalists and editors of Al-Gomhuria to write the truth, and to refrain from acting as a mouthpiece for Mubarak's criminal state.
Hundreds of journalists and employees could be seen peeking out of open windows, while tens of others came out of the building and stood behind the police cordon which contained the protesters, and looked about curiously.
This demonstration is only one of several protests which have been conducted in Egypt since Said's murders. A number of other (larger) protests have been staged in Alexandria, Cairo, the Nile Delta, and other governorates.
AFP - Rights group slams Egypt for beating protesters