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Egypt: Signs of a targeted revolution, popular vigilance or organ conflict?

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)


arrests of more than 606 peaceful demonstrators in addition to 37 demonstrators whose families refused to announce about them

The Egyptian government should immediately release those detained in connection with the September 20 demonstrations

In light of the forced stagnation of political life in Egypt and the tight control of local media in both the public and private sectors, the Egyptians were surprised recently by an Egyptian actor who is not very famous, called “Mohamed Ali”, posting a controversial video on Facebook, addressing it to The Egyptian people, as a contractor in the armed forces projects, began to present a series of events in the orbit of the involvement of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and members of his family in cases of corruption and waste of public funds.

With the continuation of recordings marked by convulsions and the adoption of a sharp and direct tone when talking about the head of power and the adoption of a method not experienced by the Egyptians before, “Mohamed Ali” succeeded in attracting people’s attention and arousing various layers of the Egyptian street, forcing the government to hold a new ” youth conference” so that the president could respond on those accusations.

This extraordinary conference, held for its purpose, brought with it new shocking surprises that deepened the crisis of official political discourse and revealed its contradiction.

The President came out to acknowledge the facts of wasting public money attributed to him in a tone that is not without pride in what he considered “steps to build modern Egypt”. A speech that provoked the public and infuriated large segments of the people and exacerbated their anger over the inconsistency of these statements with the President repeatedly stated in the framework of the official narrative of the state about the scarcity of basic resources of the state and weak trade balance and the heavy weight of the support fund on the national economy and the need for austerity and selflessness and patience.

In a rapid development of events, the fugitive contractor who is in Spain asked Egyptian citizens to take to the streets to demonstrate against the president on Thursday (September 20th). In spite of the waves of cynicism that many people received this invitation, especially from political activists from different currents who know the impossibility of the existence of mobility in the street under the current authority, everyone was surprised by the demonstration of thousands of citizens in several governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria, Mahalla, Domiyat and Suez The security forces quickly arrested many of them after they fled with the police forces. The demonstrations in the city of Suez continued for a second day with violent dealing by the security forces.

For two days, security forces arrested hundreds of citizens, either from demonstrations or as soon as they were suspected of being in Tahrir Square. Abdel Nasser Ismail, deputy chairman of the Popular Alliance, was arrested (the party had issued a statement a few days ago to suspend its activities in opposition to the political situation in Egypt, which he called absurd). In an attempt to find out about the fate of those arrested who had not been presented to the prosecution for two days, the lawyer and political activist Mahinour al-Masri was abducted by the State Security Prosecution after she left. Twenty-four hours after the incident, she appeared at the State Security Prosecutor’s Office as a suspect pending her investigation.

After more than 48 hours, at least 400 detainees were brought before the State Security Prosecutor and are being investigated on charges that are expected to revolve around the following points (participation of a terrorist group, dissemination of false news, use of social media for such purposes and demonstrations without authorization). . They are still being investigated in light of their growing numbers.

In light of the expectancy situation experienced by the Egyptian street after those rapid events, which have been absent in recent years in which the Executive Authority has been keen to suppress any attempts for political movement, whether popular or partisan, continued to call for more demonstrations on Friday and the Egyptian citizens are referring to those Demonstrations – though few in number – as a new revolution.

On the other hand, many political analyzes argue that what happened is merely a struggle between state agencies for a range of benefits, while others are far from likely to be the prelude to a new coup.

Democratic transition and human rights support center (DAAM) calls on the Egyptian judiciary, represented by the Attorney General, to open urgent investigations into the charges of corruption and waste of public funds, especially in light of the existence of real evidence and recognition from the head of the judiciary in full view of all, instead of pursuing peaceful demonstrators. And political activists, as there is no way to establish a just state if its judiciary is not freed from the grip of the executive branch and play its role of oversight and accounting.

DAAM also appeals to the deputies of the people, who were content with suspicious silence and none of them made no comment on the events or accusations that have been going on for weeks.

DAAM calls on them to exercise their duty towards their people who lined them up and gave them the power they have been wasting in the service of the political system.

DAAM also points out that the attempts of the political system over the years to control all media, whether wasting billions in order to transfer ownership to his affiliates or close to him, or through the practice of  blocking sites and arrests, they all collapsed in front of recordings posted on social media

The repression of power by all political activists, the liquidation of party life and successive arrests did not pay off when non-politicized citizens decided to demonstrate. When the political spaces were closed and the means of expression were expressed, the street would resort to extracting those areas from those who prevented it.

DAAM gives a greeting to the awareness of the Egyptian citizen who did not pay attention to all attempts of political repression and continued to claim his rights despite the dangers he may face. DAAM hopes that political movements will find a way to build real communication to establish an opposition that has a positive impact on the conduct of political life in Egypt.

Democratic transition and human rights support center (DAAM) 

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)

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