At least 1,915 people have been detained, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights said. The general prosecutor announced that about 1,000 are being questioned for attending earlier protests.
Egypt has seen the first significant protests against Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in six years of authoritarian rule. An Egyptian businessman called for the rallies from exile in Spain, but the regime is putting up a fight.
Given the gravity of the possible consequences, observers were stunned that protesters had dared to show up at all, apparently moved by little more than a man with a webcam waging a campaign against el-Sissi from the safety of Spain.
Lufthansa and British Airways canceled flights to Cairo over the weekend, citing security concerns. Although they were reticent with details, the situation in Egypt, and particularly in North Sinai, is indeed unstable.
This is not the first time Egypt has demanded the return of an artefact. Neither is it likely to be the last. Countries world over, including India, have been demanding that artefacts — several of which were looted during the colonial period — be brought back to their countries of origin.
Egyptian teenager Islam stands shirtless in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood wondering what to wear, a turquoise shirt or a black sweater. But this is not a regular fashion shoot. Over the past four years, many teens like Islam have become part of a growing circle of “Famous People” groups on social media, some looking to […]
Thursday was the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s “spring revolution”, but the spirit on the streets seemed to be one of resignation, not the fervour of the new. The promise of the end of the Mubarak era in 2011 has given way to disillusion, and yet the revolution appears to have stirred something of a political […]
Voter apathy and low turnout have marked day two of Egypt’s parliamentary election. Pic of a lone #Egyptian soldier guarding empty election station speaks volumes to dismal voter turn out #Egypt pic.twitter.com/VFBeaNxjfM— Asma (@LibyanBentBladi) October 19, 2015. The lack of a credible opposition to the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has prompted many Egyptians […]