From the Editors
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On 28 January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the street and crushed the police forces that had ruled us, illegitimately imprisoned, and tortured many of us for the past many years. That same night the Egyptian armed forces took over the vacuum left by the police apparatus. First to the knowledge of few, and soon in broad daylight, the military forces whose spokespersons said they protected us from our enemies began illegitimately arresting us, torturing us, and trying us before military tribunals.
One of those incidents was on 9 October 2011 when thousands of protestors peacefully marched on the Maspero TV tower demonstrating against the military's silence over the burning of a church and the armed forces recent attacks on a similar protest a few days earlier. That day the military killed twenty-eight civilians, injured hundreds, and arrested thirty.
Two days later, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces held a press conference in which they claimed the soldiers had no live ammunition and the tanks at the scene were escaping protestors rather than trying to run them over. Only the protesters were to blame.
Three weeks later the armed forces called twelve civilians for questioning blaming them for the massacre. One of them was Mina Danial- one of the murdered protestors. Another is currently incarcerated blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah who rejected being heard before a military court.
The following is what we captured and what witnesses saw (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES):
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