In remembrance of the 2011 revolution: Egypt “more dangerous than ever” for critics

As the anniversary of the 2011 uprisings looms, Egyptian activists call for “incorrupt people” to save the country

Egyptian authorities detained at least 113 Egyptians in 2018 for peacefully expressing their opposition to the government.

Human rights groups constantly criticised Sisi’s government for detaining activists and preventing any source of criticism.
Rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday, that Egyptians are facing an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression.

Adding: “Today, it is more dangerous to openly criticize the government in Egypt than at any other time in the country’s recent history,” said Najia Bounaim, Amnesty’s North Africa Campaigns Director.

Additionally, Forty Egyptian opposition figures living outside the country have urged the “incorrupt people” to save Egypt, and to bring back the values of the 25 January revolution.

“Here we are welcoming the eighth commemoration of the great January Revolution, and we are still adhering to our vow to our revolution and people. We have trust in God almighty that this revolution will continue its path, despite all odds, and it will spread justice, dignity and freedom, it has been calling for, throughout the whole Egyptian land,” the Egyptian figures said in a shared statement, a day ahead of the anniversary of the demonstrations that overthrew long-term ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Large numbers of Egyptian critics have fled Egypt in fear of the consequences of expressing their opinions.

As Rights groups release statistics of criminalising innocent activists in Egypt, Trump’s administration continue to ignore those claims and to back the Egyptian government both financially and morally.

Authorities were permitted to monitor popular social media accounts and block them if they publish “fake news”, furthermore, the country’s media and news agencies publish almost identical information.

Claiming those measures are a regular procedure to maintain stability in the country, president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi denies the existence of political prisoners, arguing the country is only tackling terrorism.

Critics said in hope for change, “this severe decrease in the Egyptians’ trust in their army and in their institutions warns of a threat to the state and to the people.”

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