How Far Will Sisi’s Government Go to Crush Protests?

Source: Human Rights Watch

Author(s): Amr Magdi

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Time and again, Egyptian security forces have responded to peaceful protests with harsh oppression. Rare public protests this weekend were met with tear gas, the firing of live bullets, and mass arrests. Lawyers in Cairo talk of hundreds of detainees, including women and children, being held over the weekend at bases of the Central Security Forces, which are illegal detention facilities. Many detained are facing terrorism accusations, a now-familiar fate under President al-Sisi’s government which has sought to criminalize peaceful dissent, often by labelling dissidents as terrorists and punishing them with lengthy prison sentences.

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