Egyptian activists call for justice for Rabaa killings

Rabaa Story Foundation calls for accountability in killing more than 1000 Egyptians in only 10 hours in 2013 as second anniversary gets close

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A new organisation called Rabaa Story Foundation (RSF) consisting of Egyptian activists has called for justice and accountability for the killing of more than 1000 Egyptians in only 10 hours in 2013.

RSF, based in British Columbia, Canada, was founded by activists of Egyptian origin with the aim of ensuring the world not to forget what happened in Rabaa Square and the memory of the victims lives on.

The killings carried out by Egyptian security forces against pro-democracy Egyptians that gunned down and burned alive the demonstrators who staged a sit-in in Rabaa Square in Egyptian capital of Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013 after the military coup against Egypt’s first publicly elected president Mohamed Morsi.

More than 1000 unarmed pro-democracy civilians, who gathered in the Rabaa square to protest the military coup, killed by the police and army in a 10-hour period.

"In Raba'a Square, Egyptian security forces carried out one of the world's largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history," Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director Kenneth Roth said.

"This wasn't merely a case of excessive force or poor training. It was a violent crackdown planned at the highest levels of the Egyptian government. Many of the same officials are still in power in Egypt, and have a lot to answer for."

Rabaa Story Foundation starts a campaign as the second anniversary of killings gets closer.

Though it has been around two years, the activists in the campaign want to review, document, introduce what happened when Egyptian forces responded the sit-in protests in Cairo’s Rabaa square and Giza’s Nahda square that started on June 28 and lasted for 48 days.

According to organisers of the campaign, events will be held across the world, from Washington DC to Berlin and London.

According to Waleed Yousry, Director of Public Relations of Rabaa Story Foundation said the group will hold photography exhibit and educational seminars.

Following the lead of Amnesty International, RSF also demands an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by the security forces which led to the deaths of the demonstrators.

"The individuals who were killed that day were lovers of freedom and who desperately wanted to hold onto the new democracy that resulted from the blood, sweat and tears of the Arab Spring in 2011,” said Mohamed Khalid, RSF Volunteers Coordinator.

Anti-Morsi protests accusing the use of electoral victories to monopolise power were launched in Cairo on June 30, 2013 in Tahrir Square while the supporters of Morsi gathered in Rabaa Square.

On July 3, 2013, the armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi seized the control of Egypt, arresting government officers in the following days alongside other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The pro-Morsi protests continued for six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until the armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on Aug. 14, 2013.

According to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square alone was about 2,600.

TRTWorld and agencies