Egypt’s interim president on Sunday banned public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval, imposing hefty fines and prison terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests roiling the country. The new law is more restrictive than regulations used under the rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, overthrown in Egypt’s 2011 uprising that marked the start of unrest in the country.
Another terrifyingly disappointing move from the country of Egypt. The country is often looked to as an example in the MENA region and now there’s this rather alarming set of news. They’re clearly hurting the right to protest in a detrimental way.
11:12 // 1 week ago
Tahrir Square, the historic site that has come to symbolize the 2011 Egyptian revolution, has gotten a makeover in recent days. But Egyptian activists say it is yet another effort by the government.
Already spurring up controversy, the Egypt government moves quickly to build a brand new monument in the middle of Tahrir Square. They are preparing for it to be completed before November 19th rallies. Activists are saying it’s in an effort to erase history of the last few years. Here’s an Egypt Independent report on the debate.
13:42 // 2 weeks ago
The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy is set to start on Monday, four months after a military coup removed him from power.
As the trial starts, there is concern of a fair trial and the restarting of civil unrest across Egypt. Definitely something to keep an eye out for.
9:15 // 1 month ago
Egypt’s interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, has survived a car bomb attack on his convoy as it travelled through the Nasr City district in Cairo.
Security officials are not yet clear whether the explosion on Thursday morning was caused by a suicide car bombing or an explosives-laden car detonated by remote control.
Ibrahim is in charge of the country’s police force.
The blast damaged the armored car which was transporting Ibrahim, and injured at least 21 innocent bystanders on Thursday. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.
15:13 // 3 months ago
Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it’s not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.
The Wednesday decision comes in a hearing on charges against Mubarak of accepting gifts from a state-owned newspaper, the last case that has kept the ailing leader in detention.
It raises the possibility that Mubarak will walk free, a move that is likely to fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor was removed in a military coup last month. The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Official estimates fromEgyptian government place the death toll, from recent clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and Egyptian security forces, at 638 dead with thousands more injured. Representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood insist that the death toll is much higher (2,000+), and that the government is forcing people to sign death certificates listing non-gunshot-related causes of death (such as suicide) to keep the official number low.
16:16 // 3 months ago