Thousands of Doctors Protest Police Brutality in Egypt Despite Lower-Body Count Than America

Egyptian Doctors VIA AP

As we have reported before, Egyptian police kill less citizens in their country than American police kill Americans.

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Despite a lower body count than the United States, highly-educated Egyptian doctors have convened together to protest police brutality in their country.

The Egyptian doctors’ union was incited to protest police brutality after two doctors were assaulted by police officers in a hospital, according to reports.

A doctor serving in a Cairo hospital was beaten and then dragged into custody by a police officer after the doctor told the officer his cuts did not require treatment.

Doctor  Abdullah and Doctor Abdel-Azzem were beaten up, then one officer pulled out his gun and threatened other hospital staff, according to the online and televised testimonies.

Currently there is a ban on “unpermitted” protests in Egypt.

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Similar to what we are seeing in the United States with “free-speech zones” designated as the only government sanctioned areas for protests – since 2013 Egyptians  must acquire permits from the government if they wish to protest government abuses.

Despite bans on free speech, however, thousands of Egyptian doctors have taken to the streets to protest police misconduct.

“I am the doctor, who is going to stitch my injury?” said one sign held by a young female doctor.

Next to the young doctor, a medic raised a banner that depicted a rifle shooting at a white doctor’s coat together with the caption: “Police are thugs.”

Police officers attempted to apologize to the doctors before the protests took off, according to reports.

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“The apology was not accepted by the doctors, who were deeply humiliated,” hospital chief el-Deeb told Associated Press.

“I can’t treat a patient while a gun is pointed to my side or a knife at my neck,” said a doctor to Associated Press.