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Poem: Egypt’s State of Emergency

Poem: Egypt’s State of Emergency

Sonia Nettnin
August 14, 2013

In the largest Arab nation
scores of people killed and hundreds injured – numbers vary
by the source. Army cracks down on demonstrators in pro-Morsi
sit-ins and demonstrations at Rabaa Mosque in Nasr City of Cairo,
Nahda Square, near Cairo University.
Hundreds of people arrested, journalists detained
and the Rabaa field hospital stormed by army and police. Then
they evacuate the injured while
everyone is in the streets. With bulldozers,
water cannons, tear gas, snipers on high
dead and injured bodies flying in and out of cars, bodies carried away, blood
on the ground.
With blood on hands… where is the political process?
Violence is a calculated escalation to force peace and order.
Now the military declared a month-long state of emergency,
including Cairo, Alex and Suez, and curfew every day begins at 7 PM. Today rail services
suspended and banks closed. Egypt, a country paralyzed in politics, where is the
power to build a country when there is violence?
Where is the universal human right to peaceful assembly?
People of the Nile
the world is watching

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Sonia Nettnin is a journalist who writes about social, political, economic, and cultural issues. Her focus is the Middle East.

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