Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian MP Hamdi Al-Fakhrani, which aired on Dream 2 TV on July 10, 2012.
Interviewer: Welcome, Mr. Hamdi. You were attacked, and I see that you insisted on coming here with your torn clothes.
Hamdi Al-Fakhrani [showing his torn clothes]: Is this the result of the Muslim Brotherhood era that we live in?! I almost got killed. The police pulled me out of the attackers' midst. All the police officers were humiliated and were almost beaten to death.
I did not like the president's decision and wanted to appeal against it…
Interviewer: You appealed against it to the State Council, right?
Hamdi Al-Fakhrani: Yes, I took legal action, and the court should rule. Am I supposed to be beaten as punishment for this? The Muslim Brotherhood militias showed up, beat me, humiliated me, cursed me, spat on me, and called me fulul [a Mubarak loyalist].
After all I have done for the people, I'm labeled fulul just because I stood up to the Muslim Brotherhood. They sanctioned my killing…
Interviewer: Obviously, I appreciate your feelings of anger, but in order to provide information for our viewers without making accusations, because it is possible that someone was planted to look like the Muslim Brotherhood…
Let's get the facts first. What happened? You were standing opposite the State Council?
Hamdi Al-Fakhrani: Yes, sir. I went to the court, and the court postponed the session to next Tuesday. When I left, I was ambushed by people, who were all… They were holding signs in support of [President] Morsi's decision. They said to me: "Why do you want to disband the parliament? Is it because it is full of Muslims? Do you want the infidel liberals to rule this country?"
Interviewer: That's what they said?
Hamdi Al-Fakhrani: Yes. They called me fulul, cursed me, and spat in my face. [breaks down crying]
Interviewer: Calm down, Hamdi.
Calm down. We are used to seeing you as a strong fighter.
Hamdi Al-Fakhrani: If the Hosni Mubarak regime had treated me that way – I wouldn't have minded even if they killed me. But to be treated like that by people who call themselves rebels… The policemen were almost killed by them. The officer who commands the security service got kicked, and I was attacked with water containers. For what reason?!