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Forced to kiss Mubarak’s portrait

Ramy al Banna is a 20 year old British Egyptian student who was captured by state thugs when he went to Cairo to take part in the revolution

Issue No. 2238

“I was running away from Mubarak’s thugs. I went to army officials and showed them my British passport and Egyptian ID.

They took me to military intelligence. I was tied up with phone wire and threatened with hanging and electrocution.

People were screaming and being beaten. I saw people tortured—a man of about 30 was strangled to death in front of me. We were blindfolded when the beating started.

I got punched in the head. They made me smell petrol and lit a match saying they were going to set me on fire.

The soldier who took me in felt sorry for me. He sneaked me out. I got a taxi heading for the airport, but it had to go through checkpoints. At one they searched me and found my passport hidden in my shoe.

They beat me, took my clothes and demanded £1,000.

They took me to a burned out police station where I was interrogated by military intelligence who threw water mixed with urine over me.

I was taken to a military base. They made us kiss a portrait of Mubarak. After six hours some of us were put in a bus and dropped off. We managed to get to the airport.”


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