Video: Opposition youth protest corruption among their leadership

June 17, 2011

This video was taken by a local freelance journalist by the name of Feras Shamsan. He was attempting to film the sit-in occurring within Change Square when he was approached by three members claiming to be members of the security committee, who demanded that he stop filming. The security committee is charged with security inside the square and is an arm of the organizing committee. Demonstrators were protesting against what they perceive is religiously conservative Islah’s dangerous influence within the movement. Many feel that the committees are tools of Islah, whose spiritual head has called for the return of the caliphate. For several days now, the youth have been holding silent sit-ins within the square. They place tape across their mouths to symbolize Islah’s attempt to silence the youth movement and co-opt the movement for itself. Some of the footage here incorporates footage taken by demonstrators who were filming Feras’ exchange from below.

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