Sul Cairo è calata l’oscurità. Una centrale di polizia è appena andata a fuoco. Gli egiziani sfidano il coprifuoco. La misura è stata chiesta da Mubarak alle 15.43 ora locale. Al Jazeera ha ripreso con una diretta live stream dalle strade del Cairo (http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/).
Gli Stati Uniti, attraverso il portavoce di Obama Robert Gibbs, chiedono che sia garantita la libertà di espressione. In realtà le posizioni dell’amministrazione Obama sono abbastanza sbilanciate, al momento, pro Mubarak. Qui di seguito due cables di Wikileaks, uno sui rapporti Usa-Egitto, l’altro sulla brutalità poliziesca in Egitto. Li pubblica il Guardian oggi (28.1.2011):
Secret US embassy cables sent from Cairo in the past two years reveal that the Obama administration wanted to maintain a close political and military relationship with the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, who is now facing a popular uprising.
A frank briefing note in May 2009 ahead of Mubarak’s trip to Washington, leaked by WikiLeaks, reported that the Egyptian president had a dismal opinion of Obama’s predecessor, George Bush.
——-“The Egyptians want the visit to demonstrate that Egypt remains America’s ‘indispensable Arab ally’, and that bilateral tensions have abated. President Mubarak is the proud leader of a proud nation … Mubarak is 81 years old and in reasonably good health; his most notable problem is a hearing deficit in his left ear. He responds well to respect for Egypt and for his position, but is not swayed by personal flattery,” the cable said.
The other is about a document on police brutality in Egypt:
———-Under Hosni Mubarak’s presidency there had been “no serious effort to transform the police from an instrument of regime power into a public service institution”, it said. The police’s ubiquitous use of force had pervaded Egyptian culture to such an extent that one popular TV soap opera recently featured a police detective hero who beat up suspects to collect evidence.
Some middle-class Egyptians did not report thefts from their apartment blocks because they knew the police would immediately go and torture “all of the doormen”, the cable added. It cited one source who said the police would use routinely electric shocks against suspected criminals, and would beat up human rights lawyers who enter police stations to defend their clients. Women detainees allegedly faced sexual abuse. Demoralised officers felt solving crimes justified brutal interrogation methods, with some believing that Islamic law also sanctioned torture, the cable said.