‘Egypt bloodbath must stop’

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width=200Protesters of the January revolution are now frustrated by military rule
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The situation is Egypt is dangerous and ugly, says our correspondent there


Politically, it appears that those in charge have made deals with the Islamists regarding the upcoming elections.

Elections are supposed to start this coming Monday but the government has refused to have international observers.

We have very little guarantee that they will be fair.

But I am primarily writing now because of what has been happening since Saturday in Tahrir Square in Cairo and other hotspots including Alexandria.

Young activists tried to demonstrate and stage sit ins in the square.

Security forces brutally removed them and have been using excessive and deadly violence since then.

TV cameras have clearly shown the aggression against unarmed civilians using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition fired into the chest and head.

At least 23 people have died in the last three days and over a thousand injured.

Some of these have been innocent spectators and those passing by. Egypt's medical association denounced the police attack on a field hospital using tear gas.

This government is attacking those who are already injured with the result that some of them died while they were receiving medical attention.

The situation is unbelievable. It is like the worst days of the demonstrations in January and February that toppled Mubarak.

Many people fear that Mubarak's system is still intact. Certainly these events and the brutal crackdown on Christian demonstrators on 9 October lend credence to this point of view.

I am asking you to pray first of all for a just and peaceful transformation in Egypt.

Secondly, I am asking you to use all the influence you have to pressure the Egyptian government to stop this bloodbath. Perhaps you can contact local media as well as government officials in your countries.

We thought we had a fair transitional government that respected the people's revolution of 25 January. Apparently we were wrong.

How will people feel safe to go to the elections this coming Monday 28 November?

We chose not to publish our correspondent's name for their security.

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