The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Egypt jails key figures of 2011 uprising” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/22/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE9BL04N20131222).
“Three leading figures of Egypt’s 2011 uprising were jailed for three years each on Sunday (December 22 2013) for their role in recent protests, as the army-backed authorities INTENSIFIED A CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT“. Note “crackdown on dissent”. This reminds us once again of the contrast between THE MIDDLE EAST and CHINA & NORTH KOREA. In CHINA & NORTH KOREA, “authorities…(crack down) on dissent” by SHUTTING PEOPLE OFF FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD (social networks such as TWITTER & FACEBOOK are blocked) while in THE MIDDLE EAST “a crackdown on dissent” more often than not means activists being KILLED/EXECUTED ON THE SPOT. It’s either death by SUFFOCATION (China) or EXECUTION (Middle East). It’s HELL either way.
“Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel are symbols of the protest movement that ignited the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak. Their sentences include prison labor and fines of 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($7,200) each”.
“As the verdict was read, the three chanted “DOWN, DOWN WITH MILITARY RULE!” from the cage where defendants stand in Egyptian courts. The session, held at a police facility on the outskirts of Cairo, was attended by several European diplomats”. There are TWO things to note here. First “down down with military rule!” is exactly what GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) would say at a time like this. Secondly of course these “European diplomats” were HELPLESS to change the outcomes of these trials.
According to Sally Toma, a leading activist, “We are STARTING (?) to be seen as ENEMIES OF THE STATE“. This has been the case for a LONG time now. “It is NOT going to be the last time” obviously. “They will try to KILL EVERYTHING that this revolution stood for” and ALL ACTIVISTS who fought so hard for democracy and change in Egypt.
Finally, according to Heba Morayef, “Egypt director with Human Rights Watch”, “It’s VERY significant, it’s NOT the first time we’ve seen (Ahmed) Douma arrested and facing trial … But we haven’t see high-profile activists actually sentenced to such a LENGTHY (?) sentence“. OK, THREE YEARS imprisonment ISN’T that long. After all we’ve seen ARIEL CASTRO being sentenced to LIFE IMPRISONMENT + 1000 YEARS What’s significant here is the fact that these activists are being arrested for PRACTICING THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH & FREE EXPRESSION..
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Egypt jails key figures of (the) 2011 uprising” which means that PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS will surely be LIVID and Egypt is still in the SORRY/DYSFUNCTIONAL state it was under MUBARAK.