A year has passed since the ousting of Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi and the new regime has already received a lot of criticism for the declining human rights condition which arbitrary arrest is a big part of.
In particular, the new gatherings law of Egypt has raised anger among Egyptians, many of whom have tried to challenge that law only to find themselves arrested, including some prominent activists such as Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced to 15 years in prison last month, for organizing a protest without a permit.
With the early days of the month of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, police forces raided a house where a group of 11 young men were having a sahoor (an end of night meal Muslims take before fasting for the day) party, apparently for violating the laws of gathering as some speculate. Netizens started the hashtag #معتقلي_السحور [ar], which translates to Sahoor detainees.
Twitter user Mohamed Hazem, from Damnhour, tweeted in support of his friends:
He sarcastically tweeted later on:
And Shahdan-shosh tweeted a photograph of the 11 detainees and noted:
Activist Wael Abbas tweeted to his 265k followers:
Last year, Morsi’s regime was about to impose a similar law which prohibits gatherings which did not see light after an outcry from international organisations. The Egyptian blog WikiThawra [ar], which is run by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights alleges that at least 80 people have died in custody over the past year and more than 40,000 people were detained or indicted between July 2013 (ousting of Morsi’s government) and mid-May 2014.
This article was originally published on Global Voices.