Testimony: Egyptian Military Torturing Hundreds of Protesters

Claims of 'Neutrality' Fall Flat in Face of Grim Reality

by Jason Ditz, February 10, 2011

The Egyptian military’s feigned neutrality in the face of massive public protest has taken more than a few hits since the uprisings began, notably with reports of them disappearing top journalists and NGO figures off the streets of Cairo.

But this was apparently only the tip of the iceberg, as The Guardian reports testimony that proves hundreds if not thousands of protesters and organizers have been detained and subjected to torture by the military since the protests began.

Reports suggest that the Egyptian military has been on a concerted mission to disappear dissidents off the streets for quite some time, and that people were sometimes detained for such minor offenses as “talking back at an army officer.”

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which was the subject of much early TV coverage of the protests, appears to have been turned into a makeshift torture center for the army, with electric shocks administered as soldiers demand to know whether protesters are working for Hamas, or Israel, or both.

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