Egyptian Police Guns Down Female Journalist Carrying Flowers (IMAGES)

On the eve of the 4th anniversary of the Egypt’s 2011 uprising, which was part of the Arab Spring, and which ultimately forced the overthrow of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, a female protester and reported journalist was shot by police near Tahir Square in Cairo.

Shaima Sabbagh was shot with birdshot as she was marching in remembrance of the Arab Spring and of the people killed during the revolution. She was shot at close range. Several people caught images of al-Sabbagh both before and after the shooting. Beware, they’re heartbreaking.  After Shaima was shot – her husband was arrested and their four-year-old son is without parents.

After the Arab Spring successfully pushed for political reform and political elections for the first time in decades – the democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi was overthrown via a military coup in 2013.  Since that time – the Egyptian people have lived under a brutal tyrannous government led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that kills political dissidents and imprisons journalists without any regard for the rule of law or civil liberties.

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Here is an Egyptian news video of the shooting:

This is a witness video of the shooting:

This heart wrenching video is of a man carrying Sabbagh’s body:

General Sisi is in many ways a 180 degree turn from the usurped President Morsi. While Morsi was part of the Muslim Brotherhood and a close partner of Hamas in Gaza, Palestine – Sisi is seen as a “partner” of Israel.  The Israeli government offered to give $80 million to General Sisi in the Egyptian “elections” (source) in which his government claims he won with 96.1% of the Egyptian vote (source).  Israel promised to use its strong political clout inside the U.S. to ensure Egypt’s $1.5 billion welfare package from the U.S. would continue.

American conservatives, especially neocons, love Sisi, who preaches nationalism instead of Islamic terror.

Most dramatically, Al-Sisi asserted: “I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution.” He stressed that “it’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Muslims worldwide] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.”

Joining Tawadros II, the Coptic Pope, at Cairo’s main cathedral, Al-Sisi stressed to the worshipers: “It’s important for the world to see this scene, which reflects true Egyptian unity, and to confirm that we’re all Egyptians, first and foremost.”

Source: New York Daily News

Despite the pretty words, Sisi’s rule has been called “the most repressive regime Egypt has known in more than a half-century.”

Since leading a military coup against the elected government of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, he has overseen the jailing of more than 16,000 people and the killing of more than 1,000; the banning of public protests; the elimination of a once-robust free press; and a massive crackdown on non-government groups. Scores of secular Egyptians who led the fight to create a liberal democracy in 2011 and 2012 have been imprisoned on trumped-up charges.

Yet the actual threat of terrorism in Egypt has steadily worsened under Mr. Sissi’s rule. Last Friday saw the country’s most deadly terrorist assault in decades: a suicide bomb attack in the Sinai Peninsula that killed more than 30 soldiers. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed in the Sinai in the past 15 months, and bombings in Cairo, unheard of before the coup, are now common. Both the foreign ministry and Cairo University have been targeted in recent weeks.

Source: Washington Post

Sisi regularly imprisons both protesters and journalists and now the brutal killing of Shaimaa Sabagh.  Still, the U.S. is supporting and even “courting” the Sisi regime and as long as Sisi remains an ally of Israel in the volatile Middle East, we will likely remain supportive.

This tweet by Egyptian citizen Omar Hamilton sums up the sadness of Egypt right now:

Images via Twitter screenshot.