Protesters push for Canadian involvement in Egypt
Family members of Ottawa residents killed during recent unrest
Egyptians and their supporters are hoping to get Canada’s help to stop the bloodshed in their country.
A rally of hundreds on Parliament Hill Saturday aimed to draw attention and condemnation to the killing of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators by Egypt’s military last week.
The body count includes Sara Bondok's uncle.
"He got shot [in Rabaa Square] and he died instantly," she said.
Most of Bondok's family are still back in Egypt.
"People there have lost every sense of humanity — to be able to kill somebody that’s basically your brother, that lives in the same country as you, and you have the guts to shoot them in the head, that’s just not right."
"It’s really hard to have family in Egypt, every day you can get tortured, you can get raped, there’s no army, there’s no police forces," said demonstrator Omar Abdelrazak.
"Life in Egypt now is horrible."
Rallies will continue until action taken
Egypt's period of turmoil dates back to the winter of 2011, when former leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted by peaceful protesters.
Mohammad Morsi was elected president, but was recently forced out by the military.
On Aug. 14, authorities stormed two camps at Rabaa and Nahda Squares, killing hundreds of protesters. A state of emergency is still in effect.
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Protestor Sherif El Kholy said Saturday’s anti-coup rally wants to restore democracy, not Morsi, even though the country’s first attempt didn’t work.
"The first revolution, Jan. 25, 2011, Mubarak was out and we thought we were on the right track," he said.
"Evidently this is not the case so this time we want to make sure we’re building a proper democratic state in Egypt."
El Kholy said they’ll keep up the pressure until Canada and other countries cut off ties to the "illegitimate" regime and put pressure on them to back off.
"It will be effective, maybe it will take time but we have no other choice but to keep on doing what we’re doing now, the peaceful demonstrations and events," he said.
"The Canadian government along with all other free states will eventually listen… we don’t have any other choice but to believe in that."