Reddit user Michael Campbell (campbmic) is a photographer currently in Cairo, and he has been documenting the bloodshed perpetrated by the Egyptian military against protestors. Campbell describes Egypt in terms that are mostly familiar to people who have been keeping track of the horrific news there, but his account has some surprising details. Be warned that many of these images are graphic, and are not appropriate for more sensitive viewers. You can view the full set of his images from Egypt, go here.
From Campbell's account:
"Hey guys, I've been traveling around Europe this summer and have ended up in Cairo. I spent today 8/14 in Giza Nasser Elden trying to get an unbiased first hand account of what's going on."
"From the Giza metro station I heard automatic gunfire and saw a huge plume of black smoke off in the distance. When I arrived, the protest was already underway. Imagine a long street without any roads crossing it. On one end a couple high rises and the military. On the other end the protestors and a mosque that had been turned into a makeshift hospital."
"Throughout the day I interviewed several protestors. From what I could gather the protestors are actually a mix of Morsi supporters and opposers. Those who don't support Morsi are protesting against the military who "take our vote and throws it in the trash". While Morsi wasn't who THEY voted for, it was at least who the Egyptian people voted for."
This detail serves to even further undermine the moral authority of the Egyptian military. People who agree with their political views more than those of Morsi are risking their lives to protest the military. Democracy, with all its disappointments and inefficiencies, is worth fighting for: no two democratic nations have ever gone to war with each other. There have been proxy wars, and I'm not trying to ignore America's neo-imperialism, but the data overwhelmingly shows that democracy brings peace, even if it is relative peace.
"During the interviews, some told me that protestors had been burned inside of their tents in the camp raids earlier today. They said that Molotov cocktails were thrown into the makeshift hospitals, and estimates for the days fatalities ranged from 300-2000. Again, these are thins I was told, I didn't witness them."
That's obviously a huge range of potential casualties, but it's impossible for anyone to get a good count right now. The news reports have been around 500. This is probably a conservative estimate.
TRIGGER WARNING: The next pictures are a little more gruesome. I am not including the bloodiest ones, but you can follow the link to Campbell's full set (above) to see all of them.
"Throughout the entire day I didn't see a single weapon amongst the protestors. Everyone had rocks, kids were prying files off building, women were smashing large pieces of concrete into smaller sizes. Everyone I met begged me to tell the world they were unarmed ciilians being fired on bu their military. However, I was warned by one person to "not take pictures of protestors with weapons". The group I was with immediately told me he was wrong, because the protestors aren't armed. So while I didn't see a single armed protestor or firing from the crowd, take it for what you will."
In previous assaults on protestors, the Egyptian military has claimed that the protestors were the aggressors. This account undercuts that claim. It is clear from the recent news that the Egyptian military launched an unprovoked assault on the protestors.
"What I did witness, were the deaths of several people, and the damage done by the weapons of the military. Bullets cant tell age. I saw a kid, about 15 years old, missing half of his head. I'm no arms expert, but the protestors said he was shot by a sniper."
"They explained that snipers were perched in the high rise and would target photographers/journalists (one was killed today). At one point five or so protestors created a human shield, to get me close enough to attempt a picture of the snipers firing on the crowd. Unfortunately my camera and lens are pretty amateur and the best I could get was an outline of a person on top of a building."
The bravery of both the photographer and the people who shielded him is astounding. If the sniper spotted the photographer, it is very possible he would opened fire on all of them. That the Egyptian military is targeting journalists is further proof that their actions are reprehensible: the innocent generally don't mind being documented.
Campbell writes that tear gas began to reach the mosque/makeshift hospital where he was based, and so he left. He switched out the memory card and took some pictures of the military, but he was spotted and made to erase all of his pictures (he claimed he was a tourist, a claim that might have saved his life).
The Egyptian military is committing mass murder. It is a complicated situation, but that is a simple fact. The gruesome stories and photos prove that fact many times over.