The fourth commemoration of the January 25 revolution which toppled the tyrannical rule of the ousted Mohamed Hosni Mubarak passed in a bloody frenzy as the coup's military and security forces used live ammunition and tear gas against protestors demonstrating against the acquittal of Mubarak, the former Interior Minister and other cronies charged with killing protestors during the January Revolution.
Police forces deployed snipers and helicopters over many of Egypt's squares where demonstrators rallied continuing to use their brutal policy breaching the most simple and basic of human rights; the right to live.
As a result of the sparing use of force the latest toll revealed at least 26 people died including a child. 4 Police officers were reportedly killed as well. Hundreds of other protestors were also injured and transferred to hospitals in a critical state. More then 500 protestors including 94 women and 3 children were also arrested without charges.
Security and military forces engaged in dispersing protestors in Maadi, Ain Shams, Haram, Madinet Nasr, and Matareya in Cairo, Fesal in Giza and Alexandria witnessed similar violence. However the most brutal dispersals and clashes took place in Matareya with the fall of at least 10 victims killed by Egyptian forces.
Forces attacked journalists who attempted to relay the news while others were arbitrarily arrested for reporting on the clashes. A few were later released after a few hours.
Egyptian security forces sealed off all entrances leading to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo during the late hours of Saturday ahead of the January uprising anniversary.
Armed forces deployed their tanks on the streets leading to Tahrir and set up barbed wires to prevent passersby from accessing the square. Forces were shot at any protestors to disperse any marches regardless how small. On January 24, police in fact dispersed a peaceful protest led by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party in Cairo’s downtown Talaat Harb Square, firing tear gas and birdshot, arresting at least six people and leaving activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh dead, after receiving shots to the chest lungs and heart causing bleeding as she marched to commemorate the January 25 revolution and remember its “martyrs.”
It is worth noting that warnings and threats were issued ahead of the protests marking the January 25 revolution by high ranking authorities that force would be used against any protestors.
It is considered that this commemoration is the second most violent with 2014, being worse with the death of 173 people including women and children and the arrest of 1167; documented victims.
Human Rights Monitor states that the forceful use by security forces to disperse protestors violates international conventions and laws and is an infringement to Article 11 which stipulates the right to protest and freedom of association.
HRM calls on the UN to establish a fact finding committee regarding the systematic killings by the Egyptian government and to investigate the crimes committed by authorities since the beginning of the Revolution in 2011.
Furthermore it calls for an immediate change of the infrastructure of the country's Interior Ministry and Judiciary to guarantee the respect of human rights and accountability for all responsible.
The names of victims killed include:
1: Hassan Atallah, 45 years, Awayed, Alexandria
2: Omar Zaghloul Shaalan, 28 years, Abu Almatameer, Giza
3: Raed Saaed, 25 years, Abu Almatameer, Beheira
4: Mohamed Saeed, Matareya, Cairo
5: Mohamed Alsadek, Matareya, Cairo
6: Mustafa Fowzy, Haram, Giza
7: Mohamed Alnaggar, 25 years, Talbeya, Giza
8: Farag Anwar Abu Shawal, Mansoureya, Giza
9: Ahmed Tarek Ezz, Mansoureya, Giza
10: Mina Maher Qundos, 10 years, Ain Shams
11: Ahmed Saeed Ghanem, Matareya, Cairo
12: Mohamed Maher Kamal Othman, Matareya, Cairo
13: Ayman Almasry, Matareya, Cairo
14: Ahmed Alsaeed Alsayed Soliman, Matareya, Cairo
15: Mohamed Gamal, Matareya, Cairo
16: Mohamed Adel Eid Aleban, Matareya, Cairo
17: Hassan Ahmed Hamdan, Matareya, Cairo
18: Hamdy Sobhy, 25 years, Matareya, Cairo
19: Nageeb Ibrahim Hana, 45 years, Ain Shams
20: Mohamed Adel Eid, 19 years, Matareya
21: Tamer Adel Alsayed, 30 years, Matareya
22: Ahmed Salah Yaseen, 27 years, Matareya
23: Assem Mohamed Saber, 35 years, Matareya
24: Unknown victim dies from shots to the head, Matareya
25: Unknown, Giza
26: Unknown, Saft Alaban, Giza