Abbassiya, Defense Ministry Quiet after SCAF Imposes Curfew

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Cairo, Egypt | May 4-5, 2012

Calmness returned to Abbassiya, and the surrounding area of the Defense Ministry in Cairo, after Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) imposed an overnight curfew around the Ministry following Friday’s violent clashes between protestors and the army police that left hundreds wounded and, one army soldier dead according to the Health Ministry.

Citizens of Abbasiya began to return to work, and reopen businesses after the army deployed soldiers and armored vehicles to restore order in the area.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Major General Mokhtar al-Molla, SCAF Member:
"The SCAF has declared the following: 1) a curfew in Abbasiya Square and the area surrounding the Defense Ministry and the roads leading to it starting from 11 pm Friday, May 4, to 7 am Saturday, May 5."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Medhat Hamdy, car agency owner in Abbasiya:
"After the army deployed we felt much safer. The people of Abbasiya have been reassured, and are happy with the presence of the army. We have become at peace and comfortable."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Woman from Abbasiya:
"There were armed people who escaped into Abbasiya. They had weapons. All Abbasiya lived in fear and horror. We were afraid of everything. But now, since the army is present here, we are not afraid and we have gone back to work."

After the curfew ended Saturday morning, traffic in the area surrounding the Defense Ministry returned to normal, despite the roadblock of soldiers and armored vehicles leading to the ministry.

The clashes began when protesters threw rocks at the military police as they were trying to reach the Defense Ministry, prompting troops to respond with water hoses, and later with tear gas to disperse the protestors in order to protect the military facilities. Accordingly, the SCAF imposed a curfew, which was renewed today by orders of SCAF Chief, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Major General Mokhtar al-Molla, SCAF Member:
"Irresponsible individuals started to break through the security cordon and throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the armed forces soldiers which resulted in the injury of some of them. So the forces were forced to pursue those individuals, disperse the gathering, and secure the area."

SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Basem, bakery owner in Abbasiya:
"The protestors attacked the army and we heard the clashes from here, gunshots and such improper things. When the army then controlled them, they escaped to our streets, hid in buildings and opened fire against us while we' were in our houses and outside our stores."

Military prosecution sources said that the army arrested around 170 people outside the Defense Ministry, adding that they would order the detention of people accused of inciting the violence.

The ruling SCAF vowed to transfer power to civilian rule before the end of June, or even by May if there is a clear winner in the first round in Egypt’s post-revolution presidential elections and that the presidential elections would be fair.

The sit-in around the Defense Ministry was initiated by supporters of the disqualified Salafi presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail last week. They were later joined by other protestors after being attacked by unidentified assailants who are said to have killed at least 11 of the demonstrators.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 4, 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 5, 2012
Length: 0:02:51
Video Size: 141 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various overview shots of Abbasiya Square
2. External shot of Al-Nour Mosque in Abbasiya Square
3. Medium shot, an army armored vehicle and army soldiers at one of the nearby streets
4. Various shots of dozens of army soldiers walking in a group at a side walk around Abbasiya Square with helmets, shields and sticks
5. Various shots of army armored vehicles around Abbasiya
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Major General Mokhtar al-Molla, SCAF Member:
"The SCAF has decided the following: 1) a curfew in Abbasiya Square and the area surrounding the Defense Ministry and the roads leading to it starting from 11 pm Friday, May 4, to 7 am Saturday, May5." 7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Medhat Hamdy, car agency owner in Abbasiya:
"After the army deployed we have felt very safe. The people of Abbasiya have become so reassured and happy with the presence of the army. We have become at peace and comfortable." 8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A lady from Abbasiya:
"There were armed people who escaped to Abbasiya. They had weapons. All Abbasiya lived in fear and horror. We were afraid of everything. But now, since the army is present around, we are not afraid and we went back to our work." 9. Various shots of a number of military police officers sitting on chairs on a sidewalk of Al-Nour Mosque in Abbasiya Square around Abbasiya, with two little kids sitting on their laps
10. Various shots of military policemen around Abbasiya
11. SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – Major General Mokhtar al-Molla, SCAF Member:
"Irresponsible elements started to break through the security cordon and throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the armed forces soldiers which resulted in the injury of some of them. So, the forces had to chase those elements, disperse that gathering and secure the area." 12. SOUNDBITE 5 (Arabic) – Basem, bakery owner in Abbasiya:
"The protestors attacked the army and we heard the clashes form here, gunshots and such improper things. When the army then controlled them, they escaped to our streets, hid in buildings and opened fire against us while we're in our houses and outside our stores." 13. Various shots of the military using water hoses to disperse the protestors
14. Various shots of protestors trying to break through the security cordon with barbed wires around the Defense Ministry and army soldiers running towards them
15. Various shots of protestors and medical assistants carrying a protestors, apparently dead, into the ambulance
16. Medium shot, protestors standing with water in the ground and smoke rising around them
17. Wide shot, a massive number of protestors at the street between Abbasiya and Defense Ministry shouting "Leave! Leave!" to the SCAF

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