The third anniversary of a horror that continues today in Egypt: #R4BIA–Rabaa Square and other peaceful gatherings at various locations in Egypt August 14th 2013:
Three years ago innocent Egyptians peacefully protesting the military coup take over in Egypt were brutally attacked in a massacre that paralleled and even exceeded the crimes against humanity that happened in China in 1989 where peaceful protesters at Tiananmen Square were massacred, and we still talk about these events today. Many of the Chinese protesters were students. They were speaking out on similar issues then as the Egyptians are today: the economic times, the loss of democracy the western-inspired ideals of democracy that they were embracing and working to bring into their society. But their dreams, like the Egyptian’s, were literally wiped out…
Like those Chinese students, and others speaking out and protesting against the current oppressive government and corrupt systems in place, the Egyptians gathered to try and bring about a new day in Egypt that would bring justice and freedom for all people, not just the military and government elite. The innocent women, children and men at Rabaa Square and surrounding areas in Egypt (in a similar fashion to the Chinese students at Tiananmen Square) were merely speaking out for freedoms they admire about us in Western, democratic countries, particularly in America. They look up to us with the hopes of bringing about some actions leading to true democracy one day in their own country.
On this day, three years ago, these innocent Egyptians were merely gathering. They were holding protest signs, having nonviolent meetings in public spaces and speaking out against the recent loss of democracy when a military coup took away the first-ever democratic elections in modern Egyptian times.
On August 14th, 2013, in what should have been a safe expression of Free Speech, one of the world’s greatest tragedies against nonviolent protestors happened in Egypt, following a military coup led by el Sisi, who is now essentially the Egyptian dictator…
The story below describes those tragic events that day in Egypt. What happened to the Egyptian people there has been described by Human Rights Watch and other global organizations, as some of the most horrific crimes ever committed against humanity.
“In Rab’a Square, Egyptian security forces carried out one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “This wasn’t merely a case of excessive force or poor training. It was a violent crackdown planned at the highest levels of the Egyptian government. Many of the same officials are still in power in Egypt, and have a lot to answer for.”
These acts and events were deployed by the current Egyptian regime, under Military Coup Leader el-Sisi, in an attempt to wipe out any resistance. Thousands were massacred that day, and these Egyptian martyrs and heroic spirits standing strong against this violent dictator will never be forgotten.
This story will continue to be told, as the lives lost and the stories continue to fuel the resistance and desire for a better Egypt, a free Egypt. We must begin to stand with those fighting for freedom, justice, and democracy in Egypt and everywhere in the world. We must never turn our backs on on human beings trying to achieve democracy, working for freedom and a better world for “All Gods Children.”
If we don’t stand together for justice today, one day it could be us fighting for our lives against an unjust leader or dictator. If we don’t stand with others speaking out for freedom and democracy globally today, one day it will be us needing others to stand with us… Only then it will be too late…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We must Never Forget the price we paid for our freedoms– and we must never turn our backs on those trying to fight and work for those same values and freedoms, no matter how small the steps may seem to be… We are all connected. We Are One.
This is the story of R4BIA (Egypt). The tragedy is still happening there. We must be the change…
Witnesses to Rabaa Massacre
The Rabaa Story
Watch link below to learn about what happened at Rabaa Square in #Egypt, August 14th, 2013. The crimes against humanity are still happening there against innocent people speaking out against oppression and injustice… We must not turn our backs on our brothers and sisters there and all around the world who are fighting for freedom and justice. We must stand together or we will all fall…#SpeakTruthToPower
The R4BIA Movement to “Free Egypt”
Gandhi’s Be Magazine: Understanding Egypt 101