Jan 27 2015
GUEST: Thanassis Cambanis, contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, but lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His latest book is called Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story.
Nearly two dozen protesters were killed and about a hundred injured on Sunday during commemorations of Egypt’s 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak. A number of Egyptians were also arrested in what observers are criticizing is an arbitrary manner during the 4th anniversary events. Human Rights Watch issued a statement demanding that the state investigate abuses during the demonstrations. Yesterday, hundreds more rallied for the funerals of those killed over the weekend, the same day as two of Mr. Mubarak’s sons were released from prison.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who has banned all public protests, appeared among world leaders in Davos, Switzerland last week where he received a warm welcome. The Financial Times called it “the embrace of an ‘Arab strongman’ who offers short-term stability and the repression of militant Islamism.”
Observers of Egypt’s inspiring democratic revolution four years later mourn what appears for all intents, to have come full circle with a new dictator heading up the old repression. But, is it just too soon to tell?
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