“Battle of the Camel”: A Counter to Protests Under the last days of Mubarak

As ridiculous and stereotypical as it sounds, during the last days of the Mubarak uprisings, his loyalists used Camel’s to charge protesters in in Egypt. This counteraction to scare and intimidate protesters was called the “Battle of the Camel.” 25 of Mubarak Loyalists who were charged with manslaughter, and other various crimes,  were acquitted in an Egyptian Court today. In 2011, the battle left 11 dead, over 600 injured and  affiliates of Mubarak’s now-dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP)  created chaos in Tahrir Square.  This tactic was a “last gasp” effort by Mubarak  to keep the regime in place, amid the tide of protesters. During the battle, these loyalists used Molotov, and in some cases dropping stones on protesters from buildings cocktails.

Here is a look of what happened during the ‘battle’

Also, the person responsible for planning the battle was Safwat al-Sharif, the Egyptian Speaker of Egypt’s upper house. Sharif is said to have “contacted MPs, members of the NDP and financiers of the party, inciting them to disperse the protests in Tahrir Square by force and violence” (Al Jazeera).

Although this may seem a bit far-fetched and ridiculous to some, it was a serious incident that cost may lives. The show of force Mubarak presented in his final days as President exemplified his desperation and true nature of his leadership. The ‘Battle of the Camel” was only one specific case to the decades of oppression and authoritarian prolonged through Mubarak’s military factions. The acquittal of loyalists who were on Camel-back, and horse-back,  really surprised me. You would think the Egyptian court, especially in the new Morsi regime, would severely punish any remaining influences  of Mubarak’s regime.    I think with this decision. many Egyptians will be infuriated since Morsi promised to seek justice for the individuals responsible of killing peaceful protesters.

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