Egyptian photojournalist captures own death on video during protests

Akhmed Samir Assem, a 26 year old Egyptian photojournalist, was recording Republican Guard soldiers shooting at a crowd of Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo when one Army soldier he was filming turned his gun to the camera and shot the journalist dead.  On film.

It’s not graphic. It is however chilling.

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According to the Telegraph, the protesters were kneeling in prayer outside a Republican Guard officer’s club, where recently-ousted President Mohammed Morsi was believed to be held, when security forces opened fire on them, killing 51 people.

I found a few photos of Akhmed via a video link posted on his Facebook page – he really was a kid:

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In a touching post only two weeks ago, Ahmed posted this video of a cat cuddling its newborn kitten:

And here’s the video Ahmed shot right before, and while, he was himself killed.

 


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  • Kosh

    where is the muzzle flash?

  • bucadonebuvi

    мy coυѕιɴ ιѕ мαĸιɴɢ $51/нoυr oɴlιɴe. υɴeмployed ғor α coυple oғ yeαrѕ αɴd prevιoυѕ yeαr ѕнe ɢoт α $1З619cнecĸ wιтн oɴlιɴe joв ғor α coυple oғ dαyѕ. ѕee мore αт…­ ­ViewMore——————————————&#46qr&#46net/kkEj

    I like this notion and it seems
    apt: the military strongman claiming to be “the revolution on horseback”
    (or its equivalent) and exploiting revolutionary fervor to establish a
    personal autocracy. Arguably Napoleon I did it bigger and better than
    anyone after him, though.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Incredibly sad, so young!

  • Monoceros Forth

    I like this notion and it seems apt: the military strongman claiming to be “the revolution on horseback” (or its equivalent) and exploiting revolutionary fervor to establish a personal autocracy. Arguably Napoleon I did it bigger and better than anyone after him, though.

  • FatRat

    It’s on YT.

  • Cletus

    Only see the kitty vid.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Workers and women brought Morsi down and now the military is going to play Bonapartist and suppress the workers movement and the islamists. If they get their way it’ll be back to business just like the American backed Mubarak. However, they’re not likely to get their way. The Egyptian pre-revolutionary period could become revolutionary at any time and they’re already proved they can beat the military officer class.

    Bonapartists are rightists masquerading as nationalists or centrists. Marx used the term Bonapartist to refer to counterrevolutionary military officers and politicians seizing power from revolutionaries, and then using mild reformism to co-opt the radicalism of workers and farmers. (Part from Wiki)

    Other examples of Bonapartists include Nasser in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, Suharto in Indonesia and Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

  • milli2

    We really are a fucked up species. We’re bent on destroying ourselves and each other. Makes no sense.

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