The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Hundreds protest against Egypt’s jailing of activists” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-protest-against-egypt-39-jailing-activists-070458637.html).
Hundreds of Egyptians protested in central Cairo on Monday (December 23, 2013) against a court ruling that sent three leading secular pro-democracy campaigners to jail, witnesses said.
Raising a banner reading “FREEDOM FOR ALL DETAINEES“, the protesters chanted against the military-backed government, calling army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “a DOG “. THIS IS PERFECTLY LEGIT.
“A court on Sunday (December 22, 2013) handed out three-year jail sentences to Ahmed Maher, Ahmed DOUMA (this reminds us of a town in SYRIA) and Mohamed Adel, symbols of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 (February 11 2011), for PROTESTING WITHOUT PERMISSION and assaulting the police“. We need PERMISSION to “protest” PEACEFULLY?
“The European Union (EU) and the United States urged Egypt to reconsider the sentences”. Of course this WON’T happen or is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to occur. “In Washington, the State Department said it was deeply concerned with the “WORSENING climate for freedom of ASSEMBLY and PEACEFUL EXPRESSION in Egypt”. There are TWO things to note here. First, the emphasis is on PEACEFUL. Let’s also note that “the State Department…was deeply concerned”, but just like the EU, the US CAN’T DO ANYTHING about this situation. How many times has the US said it was “deeply concerned” about the situation in another country? MANY times. How many times has the US been able to intervene and contribute a POSITIVE outcome? VERY FEW times.
“In a statement”, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We believe that the verdicts issued December 22 (2013) DO NOT contribute to an open electoral environment or a transition process that protects the universal rights of ALL Egyptian citizens, and therefore SHOULD be reviewed“. Again this is the AMERICAN BELIEF/INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) so, again, we have to wonder: will EGYPT pay any attention to this? Most likely NOT.
The court ruling fined the three activists 50,000 Egyptian pounds each and ordered them to be put under police supervision for three years after their jail terms end”.
“During Monday’s (December 23, 2013) march, which the police TOOK NO ACTION to prevent, their supporters chanted”: “Why is this government so SCARED of us? DOWN, DOWN WITH THE MILITARY RULE“. Again there are TWO things to note here. First “Down down with military rule” again sounds like something that GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) has said on many different occasions. Secondly once again as we’ve seen, when people are “scared” or FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY/WELL-BEING, there is a greater chance of IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR.
Finally, “One of the demonstrators, Louai Mohamed, said the march was organized in response to the jailing of the activists”. “We will continue our protests and THE REVOLUTION WILL CONTINUE” AT LEAST until these activists are released. Again, “the revolution will continue” sounds like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86).
To conclude, the arrest and detention of Maher, Douma and Adel once again reinforces the fact that freedom of THOUGHT/SPEECH/EXPRESSION simply DOESN’T EXIST in Egypt.