On Khaled Said

A few years ago, I saw the french movie "Irréversible" , and like many movie watchers I was subjected to the-now infamous- utterly brutal and inescapable Monica Bellucci 9 minute rape and murder scene. That scene has left me disturbed beyond measure, not just for the extremely violent depiction of such a heinous act, but by knowledge that, as certain as the run rises and the oceans ebb and flow, there is someone in the world, right now, facing a similar and equally brutal death. That at every minute, someone, somewhere in the world, in areas that we don't want to think or know about, someone is about to die, painfully, brutally, and completely without Mercy on the hands of a fellow human being.

What terrifies me isn't the violence; Anyone who has two eyes can see that we are a violent species that is capable of some horrid nightmares.What terrifies me is the feeling of helplessness that those victims must feel before they meet their end. The absolute certainty that someone has the power to end your life, and is doing just that, and there is nothing you can do about it. The Horror of realizing that this one won't pass, that you won't live to see the morning, and that this person- if we can even call them that- sees you as nothing more than an insect that they can crush the life out of it by the heels of their shoes.

This is precisely why I didn't want to know the Story of Khaled Said, a 28 year old Alexandrian man, who got killed on the hands of two policemen a few days ago. And the story is equally disturbing and terrifying in its simplicity: He simply was sitting in a Cyber Cafe, when two policemen walked inside and demanded the ID's of everyone who was sitting there. When he refused to give it to them, they grabbed him, tied him up, dragged him out of the Cafe, took him to a nearby building where for 20 minutes they beat him to death, smashing his head on the handrail of the staircase, while he screamed and begged for his life, and as people around watched helplessly, knowing that if they did something, they would be accused of assaulting a police officer, which would pretty much guarantee them a similar fate. This went on for 20 minutes. Think about that. You are beaten to death, by those who swore to protect you, while the people in your neighborhood watched silently, and as your pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears. 28. Not yet married. Still having the rest of your life ahead of you. No More.

After the police discovered he died, they took the dead body to the Police station, where the Police Officer ordered them to throw it back on the street and call an ambulance, in order not to be held responsibly for him. When his brother- who had the american citizenship- found out, he went and confronted the head of the Police in his neighborhood, who told him that the story isn't true, and that his brother was a known drug offender and that he died from asphyxiation, for swallowing a bag of drugs when the police caught him with it. 

This is Khaled before the "Asphyxiation":

This is Khaled after his "Asphyxiation":

 

 Amazing what Asphyxiation does to you these days, no?

 When the story went out, and people saw the pictures, they were of course enraged. About a 1000 people gathered after the Friday prayers to protest in front of the police stations, and there are plans to do sit ins and demos this entire week, demanding that people take action, before they become the next Khaled. The Ministery of Interior swiftly responded, by stating that Khaled was a criminal and a womanizer and a drug dealer and responsible for 9/11, and that he died from Asphysxiation, and the picture is simply after his body was diagnosed by the Coroner. And that really, really, we should be glad that such a menace to society at large is not with us anymore. 

And of course no one will get punished.

Egypt likes to refer to itself as the land of Security and Safety. Please note that we always put the word Security first. We like to think we are safe, that we are better than those evil western countries, where a woman is raped every 48 seconds or whatever, but we are not. We are not Safe. None of us is. Not n this country, not in this world. Any one of us could lose that spark of life at any minute, and the lucky ones get it quickly and painlessly. The unlucky ones suffer. The really unlucky ones end up like Khaled.

You think about Humanity, and where it is today, and you can't help feeling disgusted at us as species. We are brutal, evil and vile, and very quickly for congratulating ourselves on anything good we do, while we really don;t do that much and we know it. Anxiety is soaking up most people’s days. Everyone had become
pre-occupied with horror. Madness was fluttering everywhere.There are diagrams
illustrating all these problems- circles and hexagons and squares. Most troubling
were the fleeting signs that nothing could transform any of this into
something positive. You couldn’t help being both afraid and fascinated. Hearing about such incidents made you feel that the survival of mankind
didn’t seem very important on the long run. We were doomed. We deserved
it.

When they finish those Colonies on the Moon, I will be on the first spaceship out of here. This planet is fucked!

Comments

  1. I just read what happened to him on the internet. It’s awful! Those types of things happen in the west too, but with that much evidence against the police they would definitely be punished.

  2. While this story is being talked about, demonstrated about and generally becomes well known, there are so many others who die suffering and in pain whom we never hear about. Dying doesn’t scare me as much as suffering like this poor man did. It reminds me of how I felt during the Rodney King riots. Scenes of mobs tearing a human being apart is just about the most repulsive thing I can imagine.

  3. He was a hansom young man. That may have enraged them further.

  4. Snake Oil Baron says:

    “When they finish those Colonies on the Moon, I will be on the first spaceship out of here. This planet is fucked!”

    It isn’t the planet, it’s just us. Which is why you should not bother saving up for that spaceship ride unless you can find an all-robot colony to let you in. Humanity carries its nature with it as a snail carries his shell.

    There is no escape. So always wear a fake smile until you forget that it’s fake and laugh insanely at the vileness. It’s like Helen Thomas once said: “go back to Poland”.

  5. I.MBazbaz says:

    Disgusting!! Just disgusting – No other words to describe this…

  6. Don Cox says:

    A major cause of police brutality is the use of confessions in court. Where a person cannot be convicted on the basis of a confession, but there has to be real evidence, there is much less temptation for the police to torture suspects.

    If suspects are not beaten up or tortured, a job in the police becomes much less attractive to psychopathic thugs, such as those who committed this murder. They will still be psychopaths, but they will not be in the police.

  7. Damn, if that’s asphyxiation then the laws of physics must be different in Egypt…
    I mean, Jesus F*ck, it’s one thing to know there are so many dictatorships like Egypt out there, but it’s another thing to see them in action.

    How come Egyptians are like sheep to the slaughter? The government doesn’t even pretend to respect human rights…

  8. Very moving post.

  9. “Those types of things happen in the west too, but with that much evidence against the police they would definitely be punished.”

    Really, where? When’s the last time someone got his head smashed infor refusing to show ID?

    I want a specific example.

  10. There are plenty of examples of police brutality in the west. Just recently a cop in the U.S. punched a teen in the face as he was trying to arrest her friend. It was caught on camera. Google it. We had a commission investigate the RCMP for tasing a Polish immigrant to death at the airport. We have had people die in police custody a few times that I can remember, one guy was shot in the back and the other died from a choke hold. I recall a native man being taken from his cell drunk to the middle of nowhere by police and he froze to death. Those are the few examples that come to mind. Maybe they weren’t beaten to a pulp, but 4 of my examples are dead because of police actions. If you need more details, look it up yourself! The last 4 happened in Canada.

  11. Don Cox says:

    There was the Rodney King incident in 1991.

    Brutality, corruption and racism are always a problem in police forces and among prison staff. The job attracts that kind of man.

    The question is, how much effort is made to prevent it, and to avoid employing bad types in the first place? Or are thugs and psychopaths actively welcomed into the force?

    This is where dictatorships such as Zimbabwe or Saddam’s Iraq differ from free countries.

    Under dictatorships, the public cannot complain, and the press cannot print “bad” stories.

  12. Let me just emphasize the second part of my first comment. Here the police are investigated when they are seen to be overreacting, causing someone’s death or breaking the law. That’s the difference between countries which are democracies and those which are dictatorships where the police get away with it (like Don Cox said). Here the police (and judicial system) are not corrupt. And there are investigations and consequences when they act outside the law thank goodness.

  13. Really, how hard would it be to find the names of these two murderers masquerading as cops. Y’all need to get a little secret group together and start offing these thugs. Or find someone with an incurable disease and offer money to their family to off these pigs right in broad daylight.

  14. EgyPeter says:

    Who are the dipshits that are comparing Egypt’s police to the West’s police.

    Is that some kind of f’ing joke? Those same people that are comparing the two should go to Egypt and pick up a protest sign in front of a cop and we’ll see if they still hold to that lame argument.

  15. I’m not going to get involved in a ludicrous pissing match with you two assholes. Fucking Rodney King was tasered, not beaten, after a high speed chase in a residential neighborhood. He is nearly two meters tall and weighs over 100 kilos (6’4″ – 240 pounds). He refused to submit to the police. Not defending what the cops did, but comparing Kind to this poor child is fucking sacrilege. Fuck both of you.

    Sam –

    What I really meant to say is that I am so sorry about this I can’t tell you. You sound like you are trying to be jaded – but don’t be!! You are a feeling human being. Sometimes the world just gets too much. I know the feeling. This poor young man. It grieves me. I can’t look at the picture

  16. Jesus. I don’t even have words.

  17. No one is comparing Egypt’s police to the west’s, idiots! I am just saying police here who over react are punished, no more and no less. I know Egypt is a shit hole of a country with shitty police who like to sodomize prisoners. And maybe it’s not just the police who are violent, maybe the whole damn country has anger management issues as is so often represented here by some of the Egyptian’s who comment :P

  18. The Tao says:

    Don Cox;

    You hear about the abusive cops. The other 95% who behave properly never make the news. That doesn’t mean the abusers are the norm.

    As for all the racism crap, it is a fact that certain minorities engage in violent crime in numbers all out of proportion to their numbers in the population. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime.

    Living in NYC, I need only to turn on the news and see the faces of the culprits involved in the crimes of the day.

    If the young men of certain minorities are questioned or stopped more often, there is a substantiated reason. I will also point out that the vast majority of their victims belong to the same minority.

  19. Karen,

    No one is comparing? What the fuck is this, you dumb cunt:

    “I just read what happened to him on the internet. Its awful! Those types of things happen in the west too,”

    You really know just the right thing to say, don’t you, you dumb cunt. You have two orifices for shit to come out of, your mouth and your asshole.

  20. Melissa in NorCal says:

    Karen Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 6:24 am
    There are plenty of examples of police brutality in the west. Just recently a cop in the U.S. punched a teen in the face as he was trying to arrest her friend. It was caught on camera. Google it. We had a commission investigate the RCMP for tasing a Polish immigrant to death at the airport. We have had people die in police custody a few times that I can remember, one guy was shot in the back and the other died from a choke hold. I recall a native man being taken from his cell drunk to the middle of nowhere by police and he froze to death. Those are the few examples that come to mind. Maybe they werent beaten to a pulp, but 4 of my examples are dead because of police actions. If you need more details, look it up yourself! The last 4 happened in Canada.

    OMG Karen! Are you really trying to equate the two events? That “teenager” was resisting arrest, mouthing off to the cops, and her friend physically grabbed the officers arm. Watch the video again! Then, go and watch Chris Rock’s “How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police!” THese stupid girls violated 3 of his rules:

    1. Obey the Law
    2. Be Polite
    3. Shut The Fuck Up!

    They were jaywalking. May not seem a crime to you, but a good friend of mine was killed last year doing it. Driver never even saw her with the glare from the setting sun. That poor women who plowed down my friend has to live with immense guilt for the rest of her life, and it was my friend’s fault.

  21. I’ve seen a lot of asinine rants on this board but comparing Egyptian pigs to Western and particularly Canadians pigs has to take the cake.

    The police abuse is so ingrained and sytematic that when the Egyptian cops sodomized the bus driver in the police station and were found guilty, only received 3 years in prison after which they returned to their jobs AS POLICE FUCKING OFFICERS! This is in a country that regularly sentences people to death for rape (as they should).

    Rodney King got $80mill for the beating he received, there is a system in place to punish and hold accountable the very few offenses that occur because when they do its the exception not the rule like it is in Egypt. I have a good friend and neighbour that got robbed at gun point in Egypt about 23 years ago. The robbers stole a few of their guns (his dad had a decent collection that they didnt put to good use that night). The police arrested a suspect redhanded in a completely unrelated theft. I went in with him to identify the guy. When he did the officer told the man to confess, he refused, he threatened to have him raped and the thief kinda waved his hand dimissively.

    What happened next I would never believe if I didnt see with my own eyes. The police man told the conscript to bring “Aly”, who was a Mokhber or plain clothes low level cop to those who aren’t familiar with the term. When he walked into the officers office he said to him “Aly Neeko”—-Aly fuck him! He was stripped naked and raped right in the middle of the police station in the chief detective’s office! We walked out but could hear the man screaming and begging for mercy as he was getting ass raped.

    I don’t think that goes on in my local Vancouver precinct!

  22. How disturbing. People watched this young man be beaten to death and out of fear for their own lives did nothing. These people should have joined forces and went in as a group and saved the man, then handcuffed the cops to something in the building, then told the young man’s family where the cops could be found. These cops only do this because they can……and because they are evil. People should carry pepper spray or even hornet spray, so they can have a chance to run away.

    The world is filled with violence as in the time of Noah, and we all know what happened there.

  23. What is with cops who don’t seem to have a problem sodomizing other men – is it ‘faggotville’ over in Egypt or what. I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a cop in Canada to sodomize some dude in a precinct or anywhere. WTH!

  24. Wolfgang says:

    If there is a hell, it is here on Earth.

    Oh, and to Sophia—

    Just read this quote from you:

    “Fucking Rodney King was tasered, not beaten, after a high speed chase in a residential neighborhood”.

    Talk about dumb…

  25. Is the violence so pervasive and the fear so terrible that ordinary citizens in the neighborhood would not intervene?
    Joanne wrote that people could have joined forces and saved the man… why didn’t they? Is it fear or apathy? Not caring? In such a situation, it seems that fear could be overcome, but not caring or apathy are obstacles to any action, “hey, it’s not my problem” mentality.
    I see a lack of caring and empathy in the by-standers. I do know the difference because my son is always ready to jump in to help anyone, as he has done several times in crime-ridden New Orleans where he grew up. This always terrified me, and his answer was that he would rather die than stand by when his help could save someone.

  26. DomainDiva says:

    Reading this post has made me incredibly sad. Not only because of what happened to this beautiful young man, but also your writing and how with every word, my heart broke even more.

  27. Why didn’t any of those who saw the beating film it?

    And as for a previous comment that “it happens in the West”. Well, it has happened, but over the past 30 years or so, it is no longer official policy, and in fact when police are found to have misbehaved they frequently lose jobs, face civil penalties, and get sent to jail.

    Nope, the planet isn’t fucked. It’s the people who won’t stand up to this kind of arbitrary violence who are fucked.

    My guess that there wouldn’t be even this amount of outrage if the blogger had been a Copt or a non-Muslim, and dancing in the streets if the blogger had been a Jew. So you’re getting a taste of what is to come when the rights of minorities are regularly abused. EVERYONE’s rights become worth less.

  28. EgyPeter says:

    Jack -

    “My guess that there wouldnt be even this amount of outrage if the blogger had been a Copt or a non-Muslim, and dancing in the streets if the blogger had been a Jew. So youre getting a taste of what is to come when the rights of minorities are regularly abused. EVERYONEs rights become worth less.”

    Absolutely SPOT ON. You hit the nail right on the head!

    I keep telling Fundies that ‘What’s good for the Copts is good for Egypt’ (as evident by history) but they’re too stupid and blinded by their own brand of religious zealotry to understand this simple precept.

  29. Odins Acolyte says:

    This is why the family should take vengence. If the police are not punished, destroy the whole station. It can be done. It should be done.
    Violence begats violence. True. They need to know nobody is immune no matter their position in life.

  30. Amazing what #3billion a year from the USA’s printing presses can by you ny way of goons!

  31. Sraboni says:

    You are right………We cannot claim us as the best species ever….We are beast species….like other beast…. other animal or beasts never beat their own classes but we do it…we human animals are a living danger for us as well as for another animal in this planet….. where the civilization reached………I think doom day is not so far…………and this the alarm of these activities………..but who cares always claiming them as the beat creations…………by doing these inhuman, brutal behavior….This incident remind us the medieval assassination where there was no law……..I m human being and I m ashamed of it…….

  32. Brewster says:

    That’s some great writing. Too bad it’s not yours. Does Bret Easton Ellis know that you’re ripping him off?

  33. InfidelDane says:

    Whatever happened to that cynical rich-kid who used to blog here ? Yes, this world has great evil, but als great beauty. Don’ t forget.

  34. InfidelDane says:

    alsO great beauty

  35. Don Cox says:

    “You hear about the abusive cops. The other 95% who behave properly never make the news. That doesn’t mean the abusers are the norm.”

    I agree.

    But the percentage varies in different countries, and there seem to be much more than 5% of bad cops in Egypt. Was it this bad in, say, the 1930s?

    Could the rapid doubling of the population be part of the problem?

  36. Good, one less martyr of liberty.

  37. Quite horrible!
    Btw.: “that we are better than those evil western countries, where a woman is raped every 48 seconds or whatever …”

    Rape isn’t less common in non-western countries at all. The difference is, that in non-western countries the Victim is far more likely to be victimized further by a “loss of face” or “honor”. Or even cast-out or in extreme cases killed.
    Which understandably reduces the rate of reported crimes quite a bit.

    And btw.: In many “western” countries rape would be much, much less, without the “much better” egyptians, turks, arabs etc. . Which are far more often rapists, than the indigenous people. In Germany about 3.5 x as often as would be warranted by their percentage of the population.

    In Denmark:
    Alarmed at last week’s police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.”

    And so on.
    Frankly, statements of “better” and “more secure” arab and/or muslim societies are becoming widely regarded as laughable.
    Not reporting crime is not the same as not having crime.

  38. your fears are justified and I’m sure the majority of people suffer from them from time to time. But think about some pleasant moments. And you may understand that you’ll be missing them on the Moon. That’s the controversy of life.

  39. your fears are justified and I’m sure the majority of people suffer from them from time to time. But think about some pleasant moments. And you may understand that you’ll be missing them on the Moon. That’s the controversy of life.

  40. this is an outrage.. some people dont have conscience…

  41. Tallulahdahling says:

    Horrific and heartbreaking.

    But condemning the whole human race as evil and brutal is a mistake. Everyone here who condemns the brutes who committed this atrocity are very likely not brutes themselves and would never do such a thing. Even most of the ones who vent their outrage with piles of swear words and insults are most likely not capable of doing such a crime.

    I’m sure all of you know very well that character is an individual thing. Many people develop their understanding of ethics and have a strong conscience and genuine good will toward their fellow man. Others don’t. To be just means to judge each person on his own merits and flaws; it’s not just to slam the whole human race because some evil bastards exist and some countries wind up being controlled by them. Many human beings have struggled and learned and thought out better ways to coexist, and have even died in the effort to bring about better laws and bring moral guidance to the world.

    I’m not ashamed to be a human being, because I’m not ashamed to be myself – and I’m human. All the people I love are human, and I love them because they’re good people.

    Human beings have achieved so many great things, and those great things took intelligence and dedication and effort, sometimes excruciating effort and courage.

    To dwell on the evil deeds of corrupt and vicious people to the point where you feel that the whole human race is like them and should be condemned is not healthy for *your* mind or spirit, and it’s unjust to all those human beings who deserve respect and admiration – and our thanks.

    I suppose sometimes a person says outrageous, blanket, over-the-top, unjust things he doesn’t really mean when outrageous events overwhelm his emotions. But I think it’s wise to NOTsay those things to oneself or out loud. It gives too much power to evil. And it plants and feeds unhealthy seeds in your mind and emotions.

    If you convince yourself for real that the whole human race is evil, then wouldn’t you feel like doing violence to people, maybe wiping them and yourself out? Maybe that’s how some evil people became evil?

    Condemn the murdering, raping, torturing monsters; cheer for the good humans, and give them your main attention. The monsters should only be considered for the time it requires to defend against them and put them out of commission. The good people should be considered all the time.

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  43. It’s funny sand monkey how the West you love so much is funding and supporting the regime responsible for the very act you are condemning

    Goes to show you how the West can “walk the talk”

  44. JudgeMental says:

    Maybe he just told them he has converted to another religion. More than 2/3 of Egyptians would approve of killing him then. Or he could have confessed having an affair with a married woman, then that would have justified his killing too. It’s not just police brutality…it is the brutality of a medevil mindset embedded in Shariah.

  45. Inna lilahi wa inna ilaihi radji3oen..

  46. The world’s gone mad.

  47. What you write about our species… my words. You’re absolutely right, mankind is disgusting, a plague, and planet earth was much better off without us.
    Yet, there’s still some hope. Don’t give up, stand up and fight against evil wherever you meet it. Don’t let it win, overcome your fears and be brave. What’s happening in Egypt those days shows there are thousands and thousands of people believing in this, too. You are not alone.

  48. Another.said says:

    GUys if you ever get your hands onto that son of the bich Mubarak, makes sure he dies no less painful death!

  49. So horrible….good that the egyptian people have won over the regime now, but horrible that such things still happens in other brutal regimes like in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya etc. Nothing good comes out of dictatorships…..

  50. Really shocking, i have absconded by reading this.