Monday, March 28, 2011

The Egyptian Police Service: A Mockery… Our House as an Example

Wala 7awla wala kowata ila BelAh

Since the Revolution (25Jan11 – 11Feb11) a lot of stories have been circulated about the police not going back to work full force or the police not doing their job...etc.

I have been hearing many weird incidents. For example, people calling the police asking for help, and the response they get was: “Let the Army protect you, isn’t this what you people wanted?!

This attitude is obviously driven by the fact that the police had their @$$es kicked (by the people) during the revolution because of their brutality, corruption..etc. over the years.

I never imagined that we would experience this firsthand…

M (the guy whom takes care of our house), went back to his hometown for his usual monthly vacation (a few days). He came back Thursday night, and slept in his room.

In the morning (Friday), my mother went to the house and as she entered into it, she found things on the floor.

Our bedroom was the worst (condition wise). All our stuff was on the floor. The Kids bedroom, TV room, kitchen and Dining room were all very obviously checked for valuables.

The good thing “al 7amdo lelAh” was that the thieves seemed to be only looking for jewelry & money. And since we have been abroad for years now, none of that was in the house.

Nothing much was stolen except maybe some of our old clothes (not sure yet). And, some women’s accessories.

The odd thing was that our Satellite receiver was thrown on the floor (as if they were going to take it, but left in a hurry or something). The video device also wasn't stolen.

My mother and relatives made a police complaint. Of course the police just sent one guy to look around, he didn’t even think of bringing someone to check for finger prints. When asked, the police replied: “we only do that when there is a murder”!!!!??!!

Mashy ya sedy 7aneb2a nemawetlak 7ad 3alashan teshoof sho3’lak 3edel :S

Another annoying part was the Blacksmith. My relatives brought him to fix the windows and make them more secure. He knew we needed him (being a Friday and all), so he sort of squeezed more money out of us. 3alam wes7'a!

Thinking of it…. this is the first time since i was born that this house has ever been broken into!!!

It is obvious that whoever did this knows M’s leaving schedule. I think someone living in the area could be behind this. The reason I think so is that the building adjacent to ours was also broken into (another empty flat) during the same week. And, a new car at the end of our street was broken into.

Our area seems to be a target now.

M told me the police are not doing anything like before. He said: “We no longer see MOKHBEREEN (plain dressed policemen) walking around to check that the area is secure (yes, people tend to know them).

I think this is what's triggering the thieves coming into our area.

You think my story is over… NOT YET!

The following day, M found a 12ish (pre-teen) year old girl clicking on the intercom (by 7.30PM).

He stood from afar to see what she was going to do. Our neighbor upstairs (old man living by himself) opened for her, yet she didn't go up.

M then went to her, and asked her what she wanted. She said she wanted money, and then she said i am lost, and then she said her father is a carpenter, and then a plumber, then she said she is from “Hadayek Al Quba” area. When asked where exactly from there, she said she cannot remember the name of the street. She just kept lying all the time.

M, my aunt, her daughter (whom arrived at the same time), and a lot of neighbors kept asking the girl what she wanted... no proper straightforward answer was given.

They called the cops... imagine how long did they have to wait? An hour and a half!! And even after that no one showed up.

Whenever they called the police to ask where on earth is the police, the answer was: “we will send someone.. we will send someone…”

My Cousin H had to come all the way from the other side of town, take M and the girl in his car and drive her to the Police station (5 min drive). M didn’t want to take her on foot beucase she could easily scream on the way and say that M was kidnapping her or something.

The interesting part was that as they took the girl into the police station, they found the police station filled to the brim with policemen and plain clothed policemen. They were all just sitting inside the station doing nothing. 7AGA WES7’A!

So, instead of going out to secure their area, they just sat in there till it was time for them to leave (nahayet el wardeya beta3ethom).

This is an obvious dirty trick to show that they DO go to work, but that doesn’t mean they HAVE to walk around in the streets or answer for calls of help.

el mante2a ba2t mal2af weee OM EL POLICE 7ale2!

For us, this is a firsthand experience and proof that the police is trying to teach people (the revolution) a lesson that: “if you want us, it will be on our terms (police terms”. In other words, we’ll have to accept their way and their rules.

Note: I sent a complaint to the Minister of Interior…I doubt anything will happen though.

Mood: Pissed off :(

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Egypt: A Few Thoughts

A few thoughts that crossed my mind since the toppling of Mubarak's regime...

فعلا... مصر بلد المتناقدات...
أحلي ناس في مصر عملوا أطهر ثورة في التاريخ المعاصر و بقت مثل يحتذى به و يقلد من سلم و فداء و نكت و حماية...
و أسوأ ناس في مصر عملوا أحقر أعمال من بعد الثورة و بقت فوضى من سرقة و بلطجة و إثارة فتن و مظاهرات فئوية...
والأن هي صراع الإرادات.. ترى لمن تكون الغلبة؟ ...الإجابة عندك أنت

For the first time in a while, Mubarak stated a threat that he actually kept... "either stability (him remaining) or chaos". His minions are delivering their master's threat very well... Allah yethabet Ahl Masr!

Robert Fisk: “Muslims have not lost their faith. Under the stones and coshes of Mubarak's police killers, they counter-attacked, shouting "Allah akbar" for this was indeed for them a "jihad" – not a religious war but a struggle for justice. "God is Great" and a demand for justice are entirely consistent. For the struggle against injustice is the very spirit of the Koran”.

Al Qaradawi (From Tahrir Square):"The victory of this revolution belongs to all... Muslims and Christians", "We are all believers, we are all Egyptians".

دا إحنا حنشوف أحلا غسيل aya qu’est ce qu’il y a حيتنشر الأيام و السنين إلي جاية! :)

With the Revolution bringing down Mubarak, we owe gratitude (in order) to the protesters whom paid their lives for our freedom, the protesters whom repelled the police/thugs, the protesters whom joined later on, the protester supporters in Egypt, and the Army. Not to forget the Egyptians in diaspora… “You guys did some serious Pro-Revolution PR abroad”… SALUTE!

Mood: Thinking of Twitting for a Change...hmmm