17:15 Now reports that Egyptian TV denying that building has been evacuated. Situation confused.
15.15 hrs Egyptian time – unconfirmed reports that the Egyptian army have taken over the State TV building at Maspero. They have asked all but staff essential for the purpose of live broadcasts to leave the building. While I think the army’s intervention is nearly inevitable as law and order deteriorates and armed militia roam the streets, I’m not sure if this sends out a positive signal. Reporters should still be free to do their job.
Staff say that the building is now surrounded by a security cordon of troops and armoured vehicles.
Shocking testimonies (translation captions can be activated) are contained in a recent video produced by Mosireen. The short documentary interviews Egyptian young men and women subjected to sexual assault. This method of humiliation and torture, already common during the Mubarak period, is sadly still one of the routine horrors of detention. In fact evidence suggests the situation is much worse. It seems to be a calculated policy of deterring people, especially women, from joining street demonstrations. One witness, recently arrested, testifies in the film how his rapist discussed what was happening by phone with his commander. You can’t help but feel deeply saddened.
It was great yesterday to see one London street absolutely filled with Egyptians singing bilady, bilady bilady. Many hundreds gathered in front of the Egyptian embassy yesterday united in presenting Morsi with one demand – irhal – leave ! I only saw one pro Morsi supporter turn up and he left on seeing the huge anti-Morsi crowd. It was a hot day (26 degrees) but nothing compared to the high temperatures that protesters have to endure now in Egypt. Everyone shared whatever water and food they had bought. It started promptly at 2pm and there was still a sizeable number present at 4.30 when I left.
And below another video of a child chanting “We won’t give up we gon’t give in until we see our people win. From the Nile to the Sea Egypt Egypt will be free.”
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The placard in the photo above reads “Muslims and Christians are one hand. One nation – one people.”
The depiction on the paper shows the Islamic Crescent and the Christian Cross and beneath are written the words “All of us are Egyptians.”
Above: In the foreground a leaflet of Tamarud (Rebel) UK is attached to the crowd barrier and in the background the Egyptian Embassy.