This video says about itself:
Egypt minister ‘recorded discussing protest crackdown’
23 February 2015
An audio recording obtained by Al Jazeera appears to reveal Egypt’s interior minister discussing how the government can crack down on protesters across the country, using everything from water cannon to live rounds.
Mohamed Ibrahim is heard presiding over a meeting of Egypt’s Central Security Force ahead of a major protest led by youth groups on November 28, 2014.
Hundreds of youth activists were arrested during the protest.
Ibrahim is heard discussing a strategy for dealing with the demonstrations, including ways to shoot protesters without turning them into “martyrs”.
Ibrahim says if you have a gathering of more than 100 people, even in a mosque, you can arrest them when they attempt to leave.
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said the recording points to the central role of the military in dealing with protests following the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak.
“It shows how confident, comfortable and complicit the military is in the sort of chaos going on in the country today,” he said.
Ibrahim goes on to say that there will never be another revolution without the backing of both the police and the military.
Mubarak was ousted by a popular protest in 2011 when the military withdrew its support for the president.
Ibrahim is also heard discussing the suspension of a security official for shooting protesters in the eye with birdshot.
It is revealed that the officer was reinstated in service and that his brother is one of those in attendance at the meeting.
By Thomas Gaist:
In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters
25 February 2015
Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim personally called for the use of automatic weapons against protestors, according to recordings obtained by Al Jazeera this week. He made these comments in a November 2014 meeting of the leadership of the Central Security Forces (CSF), the riot police of the US-backed Egyptian military junta.
“Use all that is permitted by the law. I think you all understand,” Ibrahim said. “Whatever is permitted by the law, use it without hesitation, any slight hesitation, from water to the machine gun.”
“I hope for decisiveness in confrontation. I hope you do not give them the chance to rally in the first place, even if you have to deal with them at the mosque. This is a national security issue,” he said.
“Do not wait for 100 to swell into 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000, then we are all helpless before them,” he said. He also advised the CSF on how to murder protesters without turning them into martyrs.
Ibrahim spoke as the Sisi regime prepared to employ mass repression and violence against youth and workers in Cairo and other cities protesting police detention and torture of thousands of Egyptians last fall.
Minister Ibrahim’s warning points to the main concern of the thugs and murderers who control the US-backed Egyptian dictatorship. The Egyptian junta is deathly afraid that mass protests could again escalate beyond the capacity of the security forces to drown them in blood, as they did during the revolutionary uprising of 2011 that toppled US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
In the recording, Interior Ministry officials also discussed the government’s decision to reinstate a security officer who sought to blind demonstrators by targeting their eyes with birdshot-style shotgun ammunition, according to Al Jazeera.
This open discussion of mass murder and terror tactics against protesters is an indictment not only of the Sisi junta, but of the imperialist regimes in the United States and the major European powers that have backed it. The Sisi regime has continued to receive billions of dollars of US government support since taking power in a bloody coup d’état in July 2013. This money is going to fund and arm a regime that has murdered thousands of people in the streets of Egypt’s major cities, and that is preparing for new bloodbaths in the future.
US support for the Sisi junta also exposes the hypocrisy of Washington’s humanitarian pretexts for its wars in Libya and Syria, after the working class toppled Mubarak in 2011. US officials, the corporate media, and pro-imperialist intellectuals insisted that the wars were launched because they could not tolerate the thought that the Libyan and Syrian regimes might use violence against protesters.
In fact, Washington and its European imperialist allies happily endorse and support regimes that deliberately resort to the mass murder of peaceful protesters to keep power. Their hypocritical denunciations of Libya and Syria were pretexts for long-prepared wars for regime change against regimes Washington did not support, as part of a neo-colonial restructuring of the Middle East and Africa in the interests of the banks and the NATO imperialist powers. These wars led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and turned millions into refugees.
In Egypt, the imperialist powers are backing the authoritarian policies of the Sisi junta. In the audio recording, Ibrahim instructs his subordinates to conduct mass arrests against attendees of any gathering of more than 100 people.
Since taking power, the junta has banned any criticism of the executive leadership and judiciary, and used police violence to enforce sweeping bans of the right of assembly. On Monday, the junta ordered the dissolution of some 170 non-governmental organizations.
The ferocious repression meted out by the Egyptian junta aims above all to crush working class opposition to its free market policies, drawn up in consultation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the imperialist powers.
The Egyptian government is predicting that foreign direct investment (FDI) will reach $8 billion in FY 2014-15, according to a report published Tuesday by FTSE Global Markets, “Egypt at tipping point for growth in foreign investment inflows.”
During a recent press conference addressing Egypt’s “road map to improve the business climate,” acting Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb proclaimed that “Egypt hopes to attract billions in foreign investment over the next four years.”
“The economic DNA of the country is a free-market yet disciplined economy. This is a good time for the government to put the country’s DNA in front of the international investment community. The government has been doing all the right things with the reform program,” the top officer of Egypt’s largest private bank noted in similar remarks.
“People think that there is proper leadership in Egypt and that will make it attractive to foreign investors,” he said.
The ongoing devaluation of the Egyptian pound, overseen by the Egyptian Central Bank with support from the military junta, is being “welcomed by the business community,” he said.
While devaluation erodes the value of the national currency held by most Egyptians, who live in conditions of desperate poverty, it simultaneously creates more favorable conditions for foreign investors. Devaluation “boosts the competitiveness of Egyptian exports in both goods and services (tourism in particular) and encourages investors and international financial institutions to consider increasing their investments in Egypt,” the financial officer said.
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AMAL CLOONEY: EGYPT SHOULD RELEASE CANADIAN JOURNALIST MOHAMED FAHMY “Documents have become available showing that even the prosecution has criticized the judgment of the trial court — presided over by a judge known as the ‘executioner’ — that convicted Mr. Fahmy and his colleagues. The prosecutor’s statement to Egypt’s highest court on the appeal argued that there was insufficient evidence to sustain the charges. First, it concludes that there was no evidence to show that Mr. Fahmy and others were ‘members of a group founded in contravention of the law.'” [HuffPost]
THE lawyer for Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy hammered the Canadian government on Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release. Mr Fahmy was a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen and was told to give up his Egyptian nationality to qualify for deportation. He complied, but Egyptian authorities have still not deported him: here.
Report thy neighbour: Policing Sisi’s Egypt: here.
Egyptian steel workers hold sit-in
A report in the Egypt Independent on Wednesday stated that more than 350 workers at the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company in Suez held a sit-in demanding a pay increase and the disbursement of the annual bonus payment.
A member of the labour union at the company told the paper, “We are demanding our legitimate rights.”
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