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Egypt Sees Anti-Sisi Protests Nationwide

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Egypt has been the scene of mass protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past week, with demonstrators defying heavy-handed police crackdown across the North African country and demanding his resignation. 

The protests continued across Egyptian cities and rural areas for the seventh consecutive day on Saturday over corruption and deteriorating living conditions in the country, with protesters holding placards and chanting slogans against Sisi’s government.

The demonstrations, which regularly start after noon prayers, have over the past days drawn thousands of people to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, and the governorates of Giza, Damietta on the Nile Delta and Luxor in southern Egypt.

The rallies came a year after a limited protest movement was launched by Mohamed Ali, a prominent opposition figure and a former military contractor who accused Sisi’s government of wasting money on lavish construction projects.

The protests last year sparked a wide-ranging crackdown by Egypt’s police and security forces, with Amnesty International saying at least 4,000 people had been arrested during the unrest.

Ali, who is living in exile, called on Egyptians in a video posted on Facebook last week to take to the streets across the country again, saying, “This is our chance to liberate our country.”

“Every day, our numbers are rising. There is no difference between Christian and Muslim … secular or liberal, we are the people of Egypt,” he added, urging people to participate in the nationwide rallies.

Security services tried to pre-empt the latest wave of protests by launching a campaign of arrests that included political figures and high-profile activists.

Local online news outlet Mada Masr reported that at least 150 people had appeared before the state security prosecutor, including 14 minors, this week.

Several videos were also posted online, purportedly showing security forces firing live bullets to disperse angry protesters in Egypt.

Media reports said at least one protester was killed on Friday after thousands of people defied a police crackdown to demonstrate against Sisi’s government.

The victim, identified as Sami Wagdy Bashir, 25, was killed in al-Blida village in the Giza governorate, and three others were also wounded.

Egyptian nationals also staged anti-Sisi demonstrations in other cities across the world, including in Milan, Amsterdam and Sydney. The German city of Munich was also due to host a mass rally on Sunday.

Egypt declared as unauthorized all demonstrations in 2013 after Sisi, as defense minister, led a military coup and ousted democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptian authorities have since imprisoned and prosecuted thousands of people, intensifying a nationwide crackdown on critical voices.

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2 thoughts on “Egypt Sees Anti-Sisi Protests Nationwide

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    September 28, 2020 at 8:30 am
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    Sisi has wrong priorities. Investing billions in white elephant projects including 45 billion for a nuclear power plant and another 40 plus billion for a new city and over 5 billion year buying second hand military equipment etc etc yet he can not use the money to modernize Egypt’s antiquated irrigation canals, improve the slums and health care for the majority. He is a corrupt stooge, as long as he gives his military friends money, he is happy. This is a military man who overthrew a democratically elected government and imprisoned all his opponents. His days are numbered and rightly so!

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    September 28, 2020 at 2:26 pm
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    There are small protests, but they are not ‘raging.’ MB owned, affiliated, or supporting news networks are spreading lies and 95% of the pictures they show were of the 2013 protests — some pictures weren’t even taken in Egypt.

    This is an outright incitement-to-violence by the Brotherhood and its backers in Turkey, Qatar, Gaza, and Iran.

    Egypt has not looked this good EVER and certainly not in the past 20 years, and most especially NOT during the time of the Morsi-Muslim Brotherhood govt.
    After the Arab Spring there are now:
    a) far more women in med-to-high government offices, including parliament & army
    b) officials accepting bribes now really do get fined or do jail time, etc
    c) the streets are much cleaner, the roads, bridges, etc are either new or repaired,
    d) huge attempts to balance religions have been made equaling Copts and Muslims,
    e) and so much more that it would take too long to enumerate.

    So what is the problem? The Muslim Brotherhood, assoc terrorists, and state sponsors of terror (like Turkey, Qatar, Iran, Gaza, etc) HATE this. THEY want the power and control, They do NOT want secular cultures to thrive, they want to destroy all of them thru blood. THEY also want to break the West and anything western in Egypt and elsewhere.

    Don’t fall for this garbage printed here or in all the other terror sponsored or affiliated news networks, such as: al-Jezeera, MEMO, Daily Mail (UK), Washington Post, NY Times US, et al. They would like to turn their readers into lemmings who eventually fall of the ‘cliffs.’

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