A Tactical Reconstruction of the July 8 Security Attack in Cairo

Considering there are so many decisions being made and deals being cut behind closed doors in Egypt right now, and so much nonsense from the talking heads of the domestic Egyptian media and foreign media analysis (see Time’s “World’s Worst Democrats”) it is gratifying to recommend some excellent investigative journalism from The Guardian about an event that occurred in public, but with wildly different partisan claims about it: the July 8 Central Security Forces’ attack on the pro-Morsi protesters on Saleh Salem street in front of the Republican Guards’ club.

Patrick Kingsley has assembled a multimedia presentation using 30 interviews with eyewitnesses (the army and police declined to be interviewed), participant videos and maps, in a careful chronology of that early morning that he uses to test various claims and narratives. He makes it very clear this was a carefully planned and unprovoked attack on a peaceful sit-in.

Check it out here.

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About ericschewe

PhD, History. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
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