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Anti-Coup Alliance holds press conference, key points
The Anti-Coup Alliance has been giving a press conference in Cairo, dealing with reports of the 36 prison detainees that died while in police custody.
The Alliance provided testimony of its field doctors.
Among the statements made by the Alliance, they said that when they saw the bodies of the people who had died, they bore marks on them which indicated that they had not died by asphyxiation but had instead been killed.
The Alliance went on to call for an independent investigation into the deaths.
Some of the key points from the press conference:
- The 36 detainees were tortured, they had torture marks on their bodies and gunshots when they arrived to Zeinhom morgue and some of the bodies were burnt.
-The prosecution hasn't issued permits for those who died over night.
-The families of the victims refuse to receive bodies because the official reports say they suffocated.
-They called for an independent fact-finding committee to investigate the "crimes against the protestors".
- The 36 were detained with no legal basis, they aren't allowed to have defence lawyers or visits.
-"This is genocide against us," said one of the speakers.
-They called on the Forensics department to issue a detailed report on the cause of deaths.
-The state is no longer a neutral party in the conflict, so its reports should be disregarded.
-They condemn violence against anyone, whether it is civilians or police.
-However civilians shouldn't be responsible for attacking police, it should be the other way around.