Thursday evening, news spread online that a low-ranking policeman shot down a truck-driver after a fight in Darb Al-Ahamr area and that the people in the area allegedly killed the policeman in retaliation.
Indeed, a low-ranking policeman shot a truck-driver, 24-years old Mohamed Ali Ismail in a fight over the fare but he fled the scene according to Cairo security directorate which is few blocks away from the crime scene.
|Late Mohamed Ismail, a small truck driver was killed on Thursday|
He accompanied another man allegedly his relative who was also beaten till near death but was transferred to hospital.
Things escalated so fast and the murder sparked protests in Darb Al-Ahamr.
Darb Al-Ahamr is a very populated popular class area where people actually suffer from the violations and harassments of the low-ranking policemen.Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of Cairo security directorate chanting against the ministry of interior angrily "You dirty government, you sons of bitches", " The ministry of interior are thugs"
|At Cairo security directorate by journalist Omar El-Hady|
|Angry protesters by photographer Roger Anis|
فيديو من قدام المديرية pic.twitter.com/jwWZwzvJSH— Fadel Ibrahim (@fadelovic) February 18, 2016
Police officers tried to calm them but in vain.
The angry protesters also organized rallies to Ahmed Maher hospital where late Ismail's body was to express their anger blocking the traffic for hours.
|At Ahmed Maher Hospital in Darb Al-Ahamr|
by journalist Omar El-Hady
المئات في مسيرة من مديرية أمن القاهرة إلى مستشفى أحمد ماهر حيث يرقد جثمان الشاب محمد علي ضحية الشرطة pic.twitter.com/LHjfucUZsh— Omar Elhady (@O_Elhady) February 18, 2016
They also protested in front of the famous Haraz herbs and spices shop where the crime took place as the shop turned to have a CCTV.
Here is the video captured by @Fadel Ibrahim.
The CCTV footage
Well, killing people by mistake does not need three bullets in the head and in the stomach according to the General Prosecution as well to eye witnesses!!
|The crime scene by photographer Roger Anis|
Al-Masry Al-Youm : eye-witnesses' accounts
At the same time, the head of Cairo security directorate met with the deceased driver's sister vowing to arrest the low-ranking policeman.
|The head of Cairo security directorate with the late driver's sister|
"The Egyptian ministry of interior"
You can feel that the ministry of interior is worried about an escalation in that popular area as well mobilization. I am amazed to see such number protesting on Thursday already.
Do we need an "Egyptian Lives matter" campaign now so the police and the ministry of interior as well the regime understands what we want !?
It is worth to mention the "We are all Khaled Said" movement started like "Black lives matter" and we all know what happened next.
It is worth to mention also that Khaled Said was killed brutally by two low-ranking policemen.