Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured

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Egypt:


Protest singer brutally tortured

Ramy Essam, the creator of the famous ‘#Jan25 Tahrir’ song that was played throughout the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, appeared with severe marks of torture after being detained by security forces, reported Egyptian bloggers via Twitter and Facebook.

Below is a translation of Ramy Essam’s testimony which was posted as a note on Facebook.com. Translation by alive.egypt.in:

“My name is Ramy Essam, 23 years old. I was in Tahrir Square with the rest of the protestors and demonstrators on Wednesday.

March 9, at approximately 5 pm and a half we were surprised when the army along with a large group of armed civilians attacked the sit-in with bricks and stones. Alongside each other, they started breaking the tents, cutting the signs/banners, attacking all who are inside the circle with sticks and then started to arrest demonstrators.

I was dragged by a group of soldiers beside the museum and was handed to officers who then tied my hands and my feet. They began to kick my body and face, and hit my back and feet with sticks, whips, pips, wires, and hoses. Afterwards, they got an electric detonator, the same kind that was used in the demonstrations and started electrifying different places in my body – with one device at first, then with more than one device at the same time.

The military officers would leave me, throw stuff at my back, step on me, and throw shoes at my face. They cut my hair (It was long), and finally they put my face in the dirt and then filled my body with dust.”

Revolution Singer
Ramy Essam (also sometimes – wrongly – spelled: Rami Issam) has become a well-known name within the Egyptian music scene after he was given the title of ‘Revolution Singer’ for his frequent protest concerts during the demonstrations that took place on Tahrir Square in Cairo in January and February 2011. He derives from the city Mansoura in north of Egypt.

The video for his most famous song, ‘#Jan25 Tahrir’, can be seen below.



Ramy Essam after he was attacked



Ramy Essam, singing on Tahrir Square in Cairo during demonstrations


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Video on YouTube.com where Ramy Essam explains about the incident

Source

The orginal Facebook note – 10 March 2011:

“URGENT: Ramy Essam on his torture by the army yesterday (in Arabic)

Alive in Egypt – 10 March 2011:

‘Rami Issam’s (Revolution Singer) Testimony of his torture by Egyptian Army’

The Traveller Within (Blog) – 11 March 2011:

‘Ramy Essam, the “Revolution Singer”‘

Taz (newspaper in German language) – 2 April 2011:

‘Das Ende der K

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