The following video was supposedly shot on January 28, 2011. A street in Cairo is full of protesters milling about when all of a sudden a white van speeds down the street literally mowing down people. Without slowing down, it ploughs through the crowd hitting person after person then speeds off into the night.
CNN is now reporting that the van might belong to the United States Embassy. They are stating that 20 such vehicles have been stolen during the protests. The video above is one of three supposedly showing drivers deliberately ramming the vans into demonstrators.
The Daily Mail is saying the U.S. State Department is trying to confirm the information and contain the situation. The vans were definitely not driven by U.S. employees but nevertheless there are rumours floating around about U.S. involvement. A backlash could develop against America and the U.S. wants to make sure it is known they were not involved.
‘Obviously, we’ve seen some of the reaction on YouTube and other forums, which is why we’re trying to get out and knock this erroneous story down,’ said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
Later, the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt issued a joint statement which acknowledged the video of the incident, and said it ‘injured dozens in Cairo’.
Mr Toner added: ‘Since these vehicles were stolen, we have heard reports of their use in violent and criminal acts.
‘If true, we deplore these acts and perpetrators. We are certain that no embassy employees or diplomats were involved.’
Explanation – Feb 4/2011
egyptian british embassy white van hits demostrators with american diploymats inside,3 dead after van knocks down demostrators.
This video is longer and shows the aftermath, the crowd reaction, angry people trying to tear down a barrier in frustration.
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