Nader G. El-Attar: Shame & Misery – Free Hassan Moustafa

Posted on February 3, 2013 by



Sometimes you feel so much depressed that you don’t feel like writing…

But at the same time you have to write because you know, that maybe your writings can make a difference…

 

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

Howard Zinn

 

S  H  A  M  E

 

According to the dictionary, the word “SHAME” means:

 

a. A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace.

3. A condition of disgrace or dishonor; ignominy.

4. A great disappointment.

 

SHAME on me, not knowing “Hassan Moustafa” when i should have known him a long time ago, when i was asked to write a piece about Hassan, i didn’t know what to write, i mean i don’t know the guy personally and i never met him, yes heard of him, and heard stories about him, but never got to know him personally.

 

So i asked my friend, and fellow activist Mahienour El-Massrey (as she knows him personally) to write about him…but due to her time, and the conditions we are living in nowadays she couldn’t, and i pardoned her (Mahienour is in the streets of Alexandria, since the 25th of January Revolution struggling!!)…

 

I am writing about a person i don’t know very well, and in discovering Hassan i felt Shame & Misery…

 

Hassan Moustafa was among the earliest people to condemn, expose, and stand up for “Khalid Saeed’s” case…back in the time, when the number of people used to protest were counted on fingers…he was never afraid, never scared…got arrested for doing so, charged with false charges and crimes he didn’t commit…back in those days, people used to look at Hassan and his friends as idiots, who will face and stand against such cruel and brutal regime except crazy people?…but Hassan was not crazy, Hassan saw the revolution coming, in fact Hassan was making this revolution by his own hands…with no weapons, or support, just his voice chanting the word “FREEDOM” out loud.

 

The revolution happened, and it was time for the state security, to burn documents, so that they get out of all of those crimes Hands clean…but Hassan’s mission still didn’t end…for making a revolution is something glorious o fcourse…but if killers were not held accountable for the crimes they committed for years, then, we will never learn…those crimes were committed against all Egyptians, men & women, Muslims & Christians, all political spectrum from the Leftists to the Muslim Brotherhood members…years of suffering, brutality, and disgrace…so it just can’t pass that easily.

 

Hassan ans his friends, went to defend the state security building…sarcastic as it may seem, the activists who used to be tortured there, went to defend the same building the used to suffer and get violated in…but for Hassan, it’s not about a building, or a pile of papers and documents…but it’s about history…a history of crimes, a history of suffering, a history of fear, and a history of torture, that has to be maintained and kept, for getting back the rights of those who suffered & killed, and for generations to come, to know why this revolution happened.

 

And in doing so, Hassan was shot in his stomach with a live bullet..yes they know Hassan and they wanted to kill him, thinking that by silencing Hassan they will silence the revolution, thinking by killing Hassan they will kill the revolution…not knowing that Hassan is stronger than them, not because he has weapons…but because Hassan is FREE, Hassan is a free human being even before the revolution.

 

Here’s a video of Hassan Moustafa, after the state security incident, and after he was shot, but lucky enough saved:

 

 

Watch the video…and notice Hassan’s smile..Hassan is not afraid of dying…

 

SHAME on me not knowing Hassan when i was supposed to know him a long time ago, shame on all of us not knowing Hassan, shame on who arrested him, and who ordered to arrest him, shame on the government that let this happen, shame on a country allowing the arrest of those who defended it by their blood, shame on a media biased to the capital city, and their activists, and not caring or pay attention to those worth of attention, just because they are not from Cairo…shame on a president allowing this to happen, to those who defended him and his group, when they didn’t have a voice back then…shame on me again…and shame on you reading this and not supporting Hassan afterwards.

 

 

 

M  I  S  E  R  Y

 

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”Dante Alighieri

 

Aren’t we living in Misery?? Hassan’s crime, is that he went to support and defend 70 activists who were arrested in the clashes that occurred recently in the City of Alexandria. To find himself arrested, jailed, and charged of “Insulting the Judiciary system”?!, seriously?!…and speaking of this, i guess, if Hassan will be arrested for this, then President Mohammed Morsy, should be arrested too…as Morsy didn’t commit this once, but several times…

 

But it’s Misery…

 

It’s a Misery, that we are still living in the same regime, and treated with the same mentality, and laws after the revolution…it’s a misery, that the people arresting Hassan, and putting him alone in a  cell, with high security as if he is a dangerous criminal, are the same people, Hassan revolted against…and defended the state security building and documents against…it’s a misery that the criminals are set free, and people like Hassan are put in jail…it’s a Misery that we live in the same country, the same system, governed by the same people…but pretending that we made a revolution…

 

It’s a Misery, Hassan is on a hunger strike for days now…and so little attention given to him, when he dedicated himself to free the country, to free us, including You if you are reading this piece now…

 

It’s a Misery Hassan is dying, and we are not doing enough…

 

” S H A M E on me…and S H A M E on you reading this now.”

 

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