Cairo Kills

I was away for almost 8 months. Living in the calm and a bit dull Doha. The first few weeks were hard, I missed Egypt. I wanted to go back to the craziness and chaos of Cairo, that somehow made me feel alive, but I was stuck there for a long while.

Now I’m back.

Am I happy that I’m back? Of course, I met all the people I miss. Cairo is still the same messy place! but it got even more messy.

One thing people who lived in Cairo and travelled a lot can tell you, Cairo never changes; it’s been the same messy place since I came here the first time in 2005. The same messed up roads are still bad, the same vegetable seller is still blocking part of the street and causing a traffic jam, and the same shitty hole that mess up your car is still in it’s place. Nothing changes. Not to the better at least.

But how come I see it more messy? I guess because my prospective changed. It kinda happens every time I get out of here. The time I spent in Doha, made me calmer, I drive in a straight line, I don’t curse while driving (not as much), I just lived a very calm, stressless life… for a while. I ate better, I didn’t get food poison for 8 months! it’s a recored for someone like me.

I had few ideas and I hate the time to work on, yes, not so many inspirations in town, but the country tries to “buy” or “get” them from wherever they are to inspire the locals and the residences to be more creative, or more productive. Yes, that’s right, the government is doing that.

Now I’ve been here for a little over a month, I barely open the car window, it’s fucken noisy! and above that, the air very polluted that it has a color now! My tempter while driving is back! my curses are back! and I got food poison the week I got here! Friends and people who used to inspire me are losing hope! The youth for GOD’s sake! they are losing hope for a better Egypt. If you see them in early 2011, they were really inspired and highly motivated, but the idiots who has and are ruling the country are gifted with ruining youth!

So, if you don’t die in the street, by a miss-fire, or die because you are “activist” or in a car crash in these fucked up roads, or by pollution, or maybe cause you were trying to protect a woman who was getting harassed, like a brave kid who just did few days ago, or because you were watching a football game, or in a balloon, or in a train, or in a car hit by a train, or a bus also hit by a train, or from sadness, then there is a big chance you would die because of how depressed this city can make you!

 

Okay, this might be too dark! but who lives here, the country/government are somehow their worst enemy!

The country is full of creative people, who still believe they can make change, as long as they are away and in their bubble, till they are strong enough to face the punches they will get and survive them, then maybe they can achieve something!

Cairo Kills, not just your soul!

Nasr City Marches Against SCAF

CAIRO: Hundreds marched Tuesday in the upper middle class neighborhood of Nasr City west of Cairo to denounce military rule.

The march, which is part of popular street action to expose “military violations” in different neighborhoods, began with tens of protesters at the Labor University who chanted against military rule, as more people joined them to reach about 1,000.

The march demanded that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) hand over power to civilian rule as well as the trial of those who killed protesters, including army and police generals, since Jan. 25.

“I didn’t expect it to be this big. I didn’t think we would get as much support from the street. Nasr City wasn’t as politically active as downtown Cairo, however we had marches back on Jan. 27 and 29 but they weren’t as big as this,” said Hazem Sadek, 21, university student.
Protests are a rare sight in Nasr city and the nearby Heliopolis neighborhoods, two middle class neighborhoods known for their shopping malls.

“We got great responses from the people in the street. I saw them chanting with us from their homes and cheering us in their cars. The revolution has reached out of Tahrir and it’s everywhere now,” Sadek added.

Ahmed Nabil, 27 and a Nasr City resident, said, “We are the January 25 youth and we will be back to Tahrir on Jan. 25, 2012.”

Women dominated the march, chanting in solidarity with the iconic protester who was beaten and stripped to her bra in Tahrir Square on Dec. 17.

“Egyptian women are a red line,” they chanted along with other slogans against military rule.

“I’m proud of Egyptian women,” Nabil said. “I didn’t know we had this many revolutionary women in Nasr City.”

“I came from Heliopolis to support the Nasr City march,” said Hadeel Gamal, a 16-year-old high school student. “We want SCAF to leave. We held a similar march in Triumph Square in Heliopolis [last Thursday]. These marches are the best way to reach more people and show them the truth.”

By 7:30 pm the march had reached about 1,500 protesters. It was cordoned off by organizers to make sure it does not disrupt traffic.

“I’m volunteering to make sure we don’t disrupt traffic so they don’t claim that we are harming the economy. We are peaceful protesters,” said Ahmed Hussein.

Yet one man expressed his discontent.

“You are foreign agents,” he said, addressing the protesters, “you are thieves.”

“We need stability,” another couple said, as protesters handed out flyers outlining army violations.

They also handed out stickers and sprayed graffiti saying “Down with Military Rule” and “SCAF are Liars” during the march.

“We are telling people the truth that the state media doesn’t show. When the next confrontation with SCAF happens, we will need the masses to join us,” said Abdel Rahman Khedr, a Nasr City resident.
A similar march is planned for Thursday.

Two dead, over 170 injured in bloody crackdown on Cabinet sit-in

CAIRO: At least two people were killed and over 170 injured in a violent crackdown on protesters camped outside the Cabinet headquarters that started before dawn Friday and continued into the night.

The Ministry of Health said at least two were killed, 105 were hospitalized and 68 of the injured were treated on site. Field doctors and activists reported several injuries allegedly caused by live ammo.

Men in civilian clothes and army uniforms were seen throwing rocks and furniture at protesters from the rooftops of the parliament buildings. Protesters have been camped outside the Cabinet headquarters, on the same street, since Nov. 25.

The ensuing exchange of rock throwing and Molotov cocktails saw protesters pushed out of Magles El-Shaab Street. Tens were arrested and severely beaten and a number of them were later released.

Lawyers said at least 14 were arrested and were interrogated at the Zeinhom prosecution.

State-TV said 32 security forces personnel were wounded, including an officer hit by birdshot it said came from the protesters.

Protesters said the confrontation started after one of them was arrested and beaten by military troops stationed inside the parliament headquarters.

“When we couldn’t find Aboudy [Ibrahim], we talked to the army, and they said they detained him and will release him soon,” said Saeid Attia, 47. “We asked the army to release him immediately, but they kept stalling.”

The protester was released an hour later, between 2:30 and 3 am.

“They released him from a back door, and when he reached the sit-in, his face was covered in his blood by the torture he suffered inside. He looked like Khaled Said’s infamous picture,” added Attia.

After he was transferred to hospital, the rest of the agitated protesters chanted against military rule.

“Chants were loud and strong, late at night, and then few rocks were thrown at the army,” said Waleed Nada, 36, who works with a civil society initiative helping injured protesters.

At that point, the few rocks thrown at the army stationed behind the gates of the buildings barely reached their target, eyewitnesses said; but the response came quickly from the soldiers, some of which threw rocks from the higher floors inside the buildings.

“What surprised me is that army replied with a pile of rocks, and a few minutes later, water hoses then birdshots in the back side of the parliament building. They were well prepared for this crackdown,” Nada added.

Both sides hurled rocks at the other, forces stationed in the parliament building used water hoses against protesters.

“They used water hoses at us … while their soldiers burnt our tents on the ground,” said Ahmed Aggour, 23. “Five people were throwing ceramic tiles, chairs, blocks of rocks and glass at us from the rooftop.”

Clashes continued into the night with troops on the ground and men hurling rocks and other objects, including furniture, from the rooftops of government building.

Protesters used mock coffins — of 43 killed in clashes last month with the police — as shields.

A field hospital was set up on Qasr El-Eini Street after the sit-in was stormed, using supplies left over from the deadly November clashes near Tahrir Square. “Our clinic on Magles El-Shaab Street got attacked with rocks and water from the army,” said Fares Nassar, one of the doctors who witnessed the crackdown.

“I’ve treated over 40 injuries; most of them are head and shoulder wounds,” Yasser Hegazy, field doctor, told Daily News Egypt in the early morning.

“We transferred few cases to hospitals, but until now we haven’t treated any live ammo or birdshot wounds,” Hegazy said, stressing that he saw soldiers firing pellets.

Protesters blamed the soldiers for starting a fire inside the premises of the parliament and refusing to put them out in spite of having water hoses. A fire truck that eventually arrived at the scene was hijacked by protesters, who later used its hoses to put out the fire.

A military official blamed protesters for the violence, telling AFP soldiers involved in the clashes had been tasked with protecting the Cabinet and did not try to break up the sit-in.

Blogger Mostafa Hussein said that at one point demonstrators managed to reach the lobby of the Cabinet offices after breaking through the front gate, before being pushed back by a large number of troops.

An AFP correspondent saw a number of bloodied protesters being carried away by comrades and a string of arrests being made.

Troops later released some of the demonstrators they had detained.

Leading activist Nour Nour, son of former presidential candidate Ayman Nour, emerged from behind the military police cordon limping and with a cut and large bruise on his forehead.

“When the military police rushed us, a girl behind me tripped up and fell,” he said.
“I stopped to help her and the soldiers beat us with sticks for about two minutes and then dragged us off into the parliament building.”

Activists have posted photos of fellow protesters with bruised faces and beating marks on their bodies.

Protesters have been camped outside the Cabinet’s offices since Nov. 25, when they branched off from larger demonstrations in nearby Tahrir Square, the nerve center of the 18 days of protests that led to Mubarak’s ouster.

They objected to the military’s appointment of a new caretaker prime minister, calling on the ruling generals to transfer power fully to a civilian government.

The military has said it will only step down once a president has been elected by the end of June next year at the end of a protracted series of phased polls. –Additional reporting by agencies

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The Egyptian Eagle

Many of you heard of what’s going on in Egypt. Which I personally call ” The Revolution” done by the youth. And still many people didn’t know how it’s like in Egypt !!!!!

I’m a proud Egyptian, and I’m not here to discuss politics, I’m just here to tell you about Egypt, from the eyes of an Egyptian.

Egypt is a country of +80 Million people, most of them aren’t rich. Most of them are living a life none of us could handle a day and if you ask them how are you? They will say ” Alhamdolla ( thank GOD )” and they will actually mean it.

Egypt is a country where people bond in bonds no one in the world has. And who we have that bond with, is like a brother/sister, we would fight for them as if they are family.

Those bonds are amazing, they usually start with “ebn mante’ety (neighbor)”, then grow up to “dofa’a wahda ( same year of school/college)” , then to ” da saheb sahby ( a friend of a friend) ” and wherever you are in the world there is always ” ebn balady (Egyptian, son of my country)”.

Egypt is a country of a 7000 years of great history. — In your face Greece.

Egypt is a country with passion to anything and everything, specially if it makes us smile, or even cry. Like Football and Football.

Egypt is the country that never sleeps.

Egypt is the country with the largest amount of jokes in the history of mankind. ( I made that up- but I think it’s true ) We love to laugh, in  good times and bad ones.

Egypt is the country where you just can never be alone for a too long ! ( There is always someone who cares )

Egypt is the country where you will make the best friends you can every have. No matter where you come from.

In Egypt you can live a life time experience, make life time friends and live a lifetime there.

Come 2 Egypt — You will Love it:

God Bless You EGYPT

God Bless Egypt