Monday 20 November 2017

Three activists jailed over role in Egypt's 2011 revolution

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gesture near burning tyres during clashes with riot police in Cairo December 20, 2013
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gesture near burning tyres during clashes with riot police in Cairo December 20, 2013

Richard Spencer Cairo

In a symbolic move, an Egyptian court has convicted three of the activists closely associated with the 2011 revolution of organising an illegal protest and jailed them for three years.

The sentences were the maximum available and shocked Cairo's activist community.

Ahmed Maher founded and led the April 6 youth movement which played the most prominent role in co-ordinating the Tahrir Square demonstrations that led to the downfall of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, while Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were also high-profile spokesmen from the secular wing of the anti-military dictatorship campaign.

The army-led coalition that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohammed Morsi following protests on June 30 claimed to be acting in the spirit of the 2011 revolution, saying it was attempting to set democracy "back on track".

However, it did not wait for a new constitution, or for parliamentary and presidential elections, before introducing legislation to ban further protests.

The interim regime has moved most heavily against the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is now turning on the secular opposition. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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