Egypt’s military government (under the control of US partner SCAF, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, fronted by Said Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and Military Production) continues to violently repress the political opposition, even as they accuse and prosecute Morsi administration officials and supporters for provoking violence.
“The Egyptian security forces patently failed to prevent the loss of life. In a number of cases bystanders or non-violent protesters were caught up in the violence,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“Although some pro-Morsi protesters threw rocks, burned tyres and used fireworks or other incendiaries against security forces and local residents, the security forces – once again -resorted to the use of lethal force when it was not strictly necessary. Excessive use of force seems to have become the ‘normal’ modus operandi of Egyptian security forces.”
Under international law and standards, security forces should refrain from the use of firearms unless there is an imminent threat of death or serious injury.