Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman has said that the blood of the Egyptian people rule is extremely cheap in the eyes of the political and media elites who backed the coup led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Condemnation of the latest killing spree by Al-Sisi’s forces has been noticeable by its absence with Egyptian elites largely silent even though the army has already killed more than half the number of Egyptians killed during the January 25 Revolution which ousted Hosni Mubarak. “Freedom does not come cheaply,” commented Ms Karman.
The deadly shooting this morning became the latest in a series of violent crackdowns by the military since the coup which overthrew the democratically-elected president of the republic. Just before dawn prayers, soldiers dressed in civilian clothes first fired tear gas and then live bullets into a sit-in near the Rabia Al-Adawiyya Mosque in Cairo where supporters of President Mohammed Morsi have been staging a protest against the coup. Almost 200 Morsi supporters have been killed; thousands more have been wounded, hundreds of them “critically”.