Burned Out Police Van Off Tahrir Square - 29 January 2011
This burned out police van lying in El Bostan Street (a side street connecting Tahrir Square with the busy shopping street of Talaat Harb) not far from the entrance to the City View Hotel. It had been sprayed with the words "The End" by a protester.
Later, in February 2012 after my arrest, I ,got to know what it was like inside these terrifying boxes whenever I was being transferred with others to the courts.
When these overcrowded vans stop, usually carrying over 20 prisoners at a time, the heat soon becomes unbearable, even in February.
On one occasion the guards deliberately refused to provide water for us - even after one of the children who was being transported had collapsed on the floor. Instead, they unbolted the rear door - beat all those who had been begging for water or who had tried to take off their outer layers of clothing and dragged the unconscious boy out by his feet.
God knows what it must be like in summer. Luckily I only spent eight weeks as a prisoner.
In the hours after this photo was taken someone added the words "Leave us that's..." immediately above the words "the end." This can clearly be seen in a photo taken of the same van the next day -