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Graffiti against the police "eye sniper" accused of deliberately blinding protesters

This graffiti on the wall of the Mugamma building which lies on the south side of Tahrir Square. The drawing is of police lieutenant Mohamed Sobhi el-Shenawy who disobeyed standard police protocol to shoot pellets at protesters legs and instead aimed at their eyes. On one Youtube video he was seen being congratulated by his colleagues after deliberately shooting a young man in the eye.

 

Many protesters in Tahrir Square claim to have been blinded by him including activist Ahmed Harara, who had lost his first eye during the protests on Angry Friday in January 2011 and lost his remaining eye ten months later on Mohamed Mahmoud Street - later renamed "The Eyes of Freedom" street by demonstrators.

 

“I would rather be blind, but live with dignity and my head held up high" - Harara wrote on Facebook.

 

The barbarity of Egypt's security forces was a massive miscalculation as it only encouraged more determined resistance. Hundreds of thousands of outraged men and women descended on Tahrir Square.

 

Even one of the giant stone lions at the near by Qasr El Nil bridge had one of its eyes covered in a gauze patch in tribute to all those who had lost their sight.

 

In 2013 the "eye sniper" finally received a three year jail sentence. This might appear an inappropriately light sentence but protesters were more angered by the fact that only two police officers (as of 2013) had ever been jailed for the 846 or more protesters who were killed during the original 18 day uprising.

 

Check out my own two minute video review of the facts of the current human rights crisis in Egypt ( as of April 2016 ) on the following link

 

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Taken on December 2, 2011