Target: President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Goal: Investigate and punish officer who fatally shot Shaimaa al-Sabbagh
A woman was shot and killed by police during a small peaceful protest organized by the Popular Socialist Alliance Party, during which officers fired tear gas and birdshot into the crowd. The incident resulted in the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who suffered wounds to her neck, back, chest, heart, and lungs before dying at the hospital. The act was caught on video and in photographs. Forensic evidence indicates that she died from birdshot, but the Egyptian government and police force state that it wasn’t a police officer that fatally shot the woman.
According to demonstrators and witnesses, the protest was small and non-violent. It’s believed that the protesters were chanting slogans from the 2011 election, not something that was against the Egyptian government. However, because gatherings have to be authorized, the protest was not sanctioned by the government. Witnesses said that the protest was made up of mostly old men carrying roses and a banner. Despite the non-aggressive tactics, the authorities were called in.
What is concerning is the fact that some of these security forces arrived wearing masks. Security forces should have their faces revealed for the safety of the people. The police officer that shot Shaimaa al-Sabbagh had a mask on, although another police officer, confirmed to be a police brigadier general, stood by the masked man and pointed towards the protesters. The Egyptian government stated that only teargas was fired, but protesters, witnesses, and footage shows that both teargas and birdshot was used against the protesters without warning.
These citizens have an inherent right to protest, yet the authorities believed that these demonstrators meant harm. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh shouldn’t have died, but because of the careless and reckless actions of the police, she is now dead. Tell the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to properly investigate and punish the officer responsible for shooting the woman.
Dear President Abdel Fattal el-Sisi,
Recently, Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was fatally shot by a masked man who is believed to be a police officer. It is deeply concerning that a police officer would wear a mask and shoot a shotgun at peaceful protesters. I realize that your government released a statement that they would look into this matter, but its recent statements are contradicting the testimony of witnesses and video footage. In other words, many believe that the Egyptian government is lying.
As a concerned human being, I demand that this matter to be investigated. The police officer responsible for the death of this woman should be punished. He should have not been wearing a mask, nor should he have had a right to hurt the protesters in this demonstration. I implore you to support justice and human rights.
[Your Name Here]
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