Egyptian Authorities are Denigrating the Revolution

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Yasmin Omar and Mai El-Sadany

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Earlier this month, Judge Muhammad Shereen Fahmy of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma to 15 years in prison and a fine of six million Egyptian pounds in a retrial of the “Cabinet Clashes” case. The case dates to a December 2011 sit-in in which hundreds of peaceful protesters—many of whom had taken part in the January 25 Revolution eleven months before—had been violently dispersed, beaten, and dragged by security officials, and sentenced en masse while the perpetrators enjoyed impunity. Though Douma’s sentence is, on its own, egregiously severe, it is the lengthy comments that Fahmy delivered before announcing the verdict that are particularly instructive in understanding how the Egyptian state and its apparatuses have systematically attempted to rewrite the story of the revolution in the eight years since Egyptians took to the streets.

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