Egypt’s Perilous Security Gamble

Egypt’s government seems to have decisively opted for repressive measures in order to guarantee stability in the country. The gamble “repression” for “stability” is a very risky one. In fact, if indiscriminate repression of dissent is one of the root causes of terrorism, then Egypt is likely heading toward a bleak future.

In this post, Maged Mandour confronts the numbers during the late Mubarak’s years and incumbent president Sisi’s. This excerpt is particularly revealing:

“Since July 2013, Egyptian authorities have undertaken a campaign of repression against dissidents. Over the past two years, the scope and severity of this campaign has surpassed any that Egypt saw under Hosni Mubarak. Most notably, security forces attacked mostly peaceful Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque and al-Nahda Square in 2013, killing at least 817 people; initiated a campaign of mass arrests of over 40,000 political prisoners (compared to 5,000-10,000 political prisoners near the end of Mubarak’s rule); and issued 509 mass execution sentences in 2014, an increase of 400 sentences compared to 2013. In addition, the nature of repression shifted from a measured, calculated approach under Mubarak to an unrestricted and systematic campaign under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The authorities have killed unarmed civilians; used sexual violence against women, men, and children with greater impunity; and conducted forced disappearances at unprecedented levels.”

The full post can be read here.

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