Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, were referred to trial on Saturday on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
These are the third set of charges brought against Morsi since he was ousted by the army in July amid street protests against his rule and they intensify the relentless repression of his Muslim Brotherhood group in the months that followed.
Another set of charges Morsi faces are considered “risible” (or laughable) by the Muslim Brotherhood, but he could face the death penalty over those.
EDIT: Couple of people pointing out the definition of “risible” didn’t jibe with what we had. Oops. Consider it fixed.
19:48 // 2 months ago
Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.
The demonstration by police was an ironic turn of events after arrests of activists for violating the controversial law passed last month, which requires Interior Ministry permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people.
Around 200 non-commissioned officers had been granted permission to protest at a Police Club in Cairo, where they called on officials to come to discuss their pay demand with them.
When they received no response they marched to the Interior Ministry in defiance of the new law. Security sources said they shoved barricades at fellow members of the security forces outside the club, before the protesters were allowed to march.
An interesting turn of events in Egypt.
14:38 // 3 months ago
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 // 3 months 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 // 3 months 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 // 4 months ago