Tightening the Noose on Egypt’s Civil Society

Source: Carnegie Endowment
Author(s): Amy Austin Holmes

Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/70146

The massacre on May 26 of Coptic Christians in Minya by Islamic State-affiliated gunmen was the fourth such incident in six months, following several attacks on churches in Cairo, Alexandria, and Tanta. Instead of addressing glaring security deficits—and protecting Copts, who have been singled out by the Islamic State—President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has focused on escalating the government crackdown on what remains of the opposition.

After the tragedy in Minya, President Sisi did not declare a day of national mourning. Instead, the state seems to be using the attacks on Copts to further tighten the noose on civil society…

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