sexta-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2011

Mubarak saiu, Suleiman que o siga

O povo egípcio está na rua, o momento é de celebração, mas nenhuma revolução democrática estará completa sem que haja eleições livres, uma nova Constituição e um parlamento com uma maioria laica. Nenhuma das condições está garantida, mas os militares que detém o poder terão as suas razões (económicas) para tentar que não haja sobressaltos. O povo das ruas tem a tarefa mais difícil pela frente: não deixar que os novos senhores esvaziem esta vitória de sentido. Até porque Suleiman, o novo «homem forte» do Egipto, é uma figura sinistra, um monstro pior do que Mubarak (ler mais abaixo).

  • «In October 2001, Habib was seized from a bus by Pakistani security forces. While detained in Pakistan, at the behest of American agents, he was suspended from a hook and electrocuted repeatedly. He was then turned over to the CIA, and in the process of transporting him to Egypt he endured the usual treatment: his clothes were cut off, a suppository was stuffed in his anus, he was put into a diaper - and 'wrapped up like a spring roll'. In Egypt, as Habib recounts in his memoir, My Story: The Tale of a Terrorist Who Wasn’t, he was repeatedly subjected to electric shocks, immersed in water up to his nostrils and beaten. His fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks. At one point, his interrogator slapped him so hard that his blindfold was dislodged, revealing the identity of his tormentor: Suleiman.
    Frustrated that Habib was not providing useful information or confessing to involvement in terrorism, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a shackled prisoner in front of Habib, which he did with a vicious karate kick. In April 2002, after five months in Egypt, Habib was rendered to American custody at Bagram prison in Afghanistan - and then transported to Guantanamo. On January 11, 2005, the day before he was scheduled to be charged, Dana Priest of the Washington Post published an exposé about Habib’s torture. The US government immediately announced that he would not be charged and would be repatriated to Australia.» (Al-Jazira)