Manar Ammar | 26 November 2011
CAIRO: The Doctors of Tahrir announced on Saturday that they have captured a state security officer dressed as a doctor, who had “treated” patients and gave them “wrong shots,” which led to complications with protesters’ health. The doctors kept the identity of the police officer anonymous. They said they saw his police ID card and that they surrendered him to the police.
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The doctors ,who held a press conference in Tahrir square on Saturday, said they captured the officer while he was present at one of the makeshift field hospitals in the square. The volunteer medics expressed their anger and discontent at the practices of the ministry of interior, especially after a series of tear gas attacks on the field hospitals, which endangered the lives of those injured during last week’s clashes between protesters and police.
One hospital, off of Mohamed Mahmoud street, where most of the clashes occurred, had to be moved twice due the heavy targeting from police. The medical group also called on the ministry of interior to conduct a swift and fair investigation on the attacks on its staff, patients and sites during the past week. They also condemned and denounced the arrest of Dr. Abdel Rahman al-Mistikawy while working with patients on Wednesday from the Mohamed Mahmoud hospital site.
They also said the doctor was subjected to “inhuman” treatment while in custody. They called for his release and the release of all those arrested during the clashes of last week. The doctors said they were part of the negotiations with police to reach a ceasefire and truce, which was finally put into action on Thursday morning, after military police built a thick barricade that separated the two sides.
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The group, who insists on not belonging to any political wing, added that “We believe that the ruling military council had the power to stop the violence from the first day.” The press conference was held on the frontlines near the barricades that had been established by the military. “We ask the ministry of health to admit the deaths that occurred due to gas asphyxiation,” said one doctor.
The group was instrumental in treating protesters all through the past week after being attacked from the police with thousands of banned and expired tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and Molotov cocktails. The doctors also added that they captured 8 people on Saturday at the makeshift hospitals, who were armed and or had drugs on them, and they were “there to steal medicine.”
Muslim Brotherhood (MB) decisions and attitudes are always based on a carefully studied view balanced between reason and emotion, in compliance with the enlightened rules and principles of Sharia (Islamic Law), away from private interests and “agendas”. This was the reason why we did not partake in recent events. Our assessment of the situation is that there is a plot to cause chaos and use it as an excuse to deprive the people of the benefits of democracy and further delay the handover of power from the military to an elected civilian authority. We, therefore, decided to persist in endeavours to complete the democratic process, one of the most important objectives of the January 25 Revolution, and not to be lured into this perilous plot.
The young people who have been incensed by scenes of brutal attacks by security and military police forces on the protesters, and rushed to Tahrir Square to support and join the demonstrators, are purely patriotic youths and sincere citizens.
The aggression against them is a heinous crime.
Had we participated in these demonstrations, there would have been tremendous escalation of violence, murder and sabotage. The tragic results would have led to a disastrous setback for all the goals of the January 25 Revolution.
Had we been out to secure our own interests and reap popularity on the political street, going down to Tahrir Square would have been just the way to do that. But we refrained from rash action, despite the harsh criticism levelled at us from either plotting foes or sincere people who do not have the information we have.
Our determination that elections shall be held on time is not out of a desire to win seats in parliament – all this is up in the air – but in order to start democratic steps for the establishment of state institutions (Parliament - Constitution - Government - President of the Republic), that is: transfer of power from the military to an elected civilian authority, as soon as possible.
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We issued two statements yesterday and the day before that, in which we explained our position. We also sent letters to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and to the noble, free and selfless youth of Egypt and the great Egyptian people, and to politicians, intellectuals and journalists. Our efforts were not confined to issuing statements, we have also been communicating with all concerned parties, which resulted in some positive actions and decisions. We still await completion of these efforts. Those positive issues include:
The above is sufficient to absorb part of the Egyptian people’s anger. May Allah protect Egypt and its people from sedition, strife and all evil