".....On Tuesday, as the gas dispersed, we found one young boy sitting on a pavement,
holding an empty gas canister in his hands. US-made, it had written first-aid
instructions in a language the boy couldn’t read.
Walking through the
area, we saw protesters holding similar canisters. All were wondering what to
make of them – why objects made so far away were once again being used on the
streets of Cairo. All tear gas canisters we examined had the manufacturing date
of March 2011 and had therefore been sold to Egypt after the uprising.......
The latest decision was a further blow to a process that was supposed to mark
Egypt’s return to human rights and rule of law. As we looked over the articles
approved by the assembly this morning, our disbelief grew. Very basic provisions
that would have enshrined human rights are vague or missing; there are no
articles which explicitly ban discrimination against women.
reform has been replaced with repression. The draft bans criticism of religion,
and explicitly allows for the military trials of civilians – a last minute
concession to the army that has written injustice into the very cornerstone of
In one tumultuous week, Egyptians have been forced in
disbelief and anger back into the sidelines. Days ago, the protesters made it
clear that President Morsi’s only way out was to strike down his own decree. But
the botched constitutional process has only fanned the flames of the protesters’
One thing is certain: the protesters will not accept a return to
rule by decree, or accept a constitution written by a committee that doesn’t
speak for them. "