Written & video testimony of what happened to Maged
In the coming tweets I’ll tell u a brief of how I was detained and beaten up. I was w/ @monaeltahawy at Mohamed Mahmoud st, while the police is heavily shooting, a couple of persons in civilian clothes surrounded us.
They pushed us aside 2 a nearby alley (bon appetite) claiming it’s a better refuge, while they pushed us, 1 of them groped @monaeltahawy.
..@monaeltahawy slapped him & tried to beat him, while the other defended him. I tried to pull mona’s arm & run from the shooting but they didnt let her ago & I heard her shouting “my phone, u animal,” and in less than 10 seconds, csf surrounded us & pulled us apart.
I didn’t see @monaeltahawy since then. 5 soldiers surrounded me, beat me with batons all over my body w/ extra dose for my head, and dragged me along M.Mahmoud st, 2 beating me with batons, 1 kicking me, 1 fingering my ass, 1 checking my pockets, till the end of the st., also kicking my balls.
Then they handed me 2 a police officer, who also gave me a couple of punches. He dragged me along while I’m screaming, bleeding like a fountain of blood. He asked me “where r u from”, I answered “Alex”..he “no, u r not Egyptian, u r a spy”. Me “u can see my ID”..He “I dont see IDs u cant speak Arabic well” Me “my mouth/lips r severely beaten, I cant speak at all not only Arabic ”
Then he handed me to 2 soldiers, also kicked me in the chest. I saw many army officers, & cried for their help but they seemed happy w/ my blood.
1 man in a civilian clothes came out of a crowd & stopped us, asked “what’s going on here?”..”they beat me up..” He asked “where r u from?” Me..”Alex”..He..”Take him”..then they sent me to a kiosk where they put another 28 detainees among them a Dr.
They got me an ambulance & put a bandage for my bleeding head. And they put us in a car, and we were sent to Torrah Cen. Police Camp.
We were there past 2am, they collected everything we have & told us we will be released at 10am. I asked for medical help but, no answer.
At 8am, we were sent in the same car back to M.Mahmoud st. & set us free. but they didn’t give us the stuff they took at the prison.
While we r walking from the car to the protesters on the other side of the street, army soldiers greeted us calling us “heroes” !! and I met the same man in civilian clothes whom I saw the night b4. I asked “why u didn’t help me?” “I don’t recognize u” he smiled.
I told him what happened, he apologized & hugged me. I asked about my phone as I need to call my family, He “I don’t know who took it”. Me “How come u dont, I can recognize last night officer who was responsible of what happened” He “I don’t know who were the soldiers”. Me “How come u dont know ur soldiers?” He “Come back later I’ll find u ur phone” Me “I wont come later, I need to contact my family now”.
He gave me his phone & offered 2 dial my family but I insisted on having mine. then I asked “who r u?” He “I’m major general Maher “. Me “police or army?”, “police” Me “How can I reach u?” He “Here is my phone number ****, now u need to go” with a big smile on his face.
I left, we didn’t get our stuff back, they threw them among protester to claim that the protesters stole them and disappeared. I went to the field hospital, I got 5 stitches in my forehead, 3 beside my eye, and lots of bruises all over my body & endless chest pain.
Worst thing, they beat me b4 they accuse me of anything. no interrogation, no accusations, nothing! the only question was “where r u from?””
I can’t go to #tahrir or #Smouha in the coming weeks, I beg everyone who’s reading this to head there instead of me because u might be next.