A video posted on the internet Tuesday showing what appeared to be supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi beating child at Cairo’s Ramses Square has gone viral.
Thousands of Islamists poured into the square after breaking their Ramadan fast on Monday seeking to organize a sit-in there, threatening to paralyze traffic in one of the busiest parts of Cairo.
Their move prompted police intervention and violent clashes throughout the night. During the clashes a boy showed up to the scene and the angry Islamists grabbed him with one of them asking him: “Who sent you here?;” “Who are you?;” “Are you with Mursi?;” and “Who are you with?.”
The horrified-looking boy was then beaten on the back of his head and then he was slapped.
When a man attempted to stop the assault, they shouted at him saying that the boy was hired by Mursi’s opponents.
“I know he is, but he’s just a child,” the young man responds. The crying boy pleads for help as several men continue to beat him.
“This isn’t merciful,” says a man approaching them.
He and others take the boy away, but it is unclear what happened to him afterwards.
At the end of the video, a protester notices that the incident is being filmed, so he tells the cameraman to film photos of Mursi instead.
Activists and social networking users condemned the attack, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of not respecting childhood, and of attacking anyone who disagrees with them.