- Posted December 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Supporters of Morsy attack opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Violent clashes took place outside the presidential palace in Cairo. As I reported in my last iReport that there peaceful anti-Morsy protesters outside the presidential palace and that some protesters decided to stage a sit-in. On Wednesday, December 5, supporters of Morsy including members of the Muslim Brotherhood and others showed up in large numbers at the palace. They demolished the tents of the opposition protesters, they attacked the protesters, attacked journalists and destroyed their cameras, and took everything in the tents. Some of the protesters were captured and tortured while other manages to run away. The news was spread everywhere and as a result, people decided to go protect the opposition protesters. There were rocks and molotov cocktails thrown from both sides. The Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. I couldn't confirm whether the live ammunition was directed at the opposition protesters or not, but from the injuries and eyewitnesses, it seemed that it used against protesters. The police joined the supporters of Morsy from time to time to tear gas the opposition protesters. I've seen many injuries. I was shot by a rubber bullet in my leg. There were field hospitals all over the area to provide first aid and also there were many ambulances. Some protesters were captured by Morsi supporters during the attacks and were heavily beaten and tortured. It was like a war. I couldn't believe what I saw. It was very dangerous to take the camera to the front lines as they targeted anyone holding a a camera. The president is responsible for the violence that is happening in the country. He didn't take any steps to stop it. Who gave orders to the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters to go to the palace and attack protesters? Who armed them? and why no one interfered to stop that massacre?