Middle East

July 14, 2014

Ramadan Flavoured Arrests In Egypt

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.

Ahmad Abd Allah posted on his Facebook wall the following [ar]:

Eleven people were having sahoor in one of their homes. The Ministry of Interior arrested them for illegal gathering… free the sahoor detainees

Twitter user Mohamed Hazem, from Damnhour, tweeted in support of his friends:

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He sarcastically tweeted later on:

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And Shahdan-shosh tweeted a photograph of the 11 detainees and noted:


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Activist Wael Abbas tweeted to his 265k followers:

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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.

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One Comment

  1. Reality Check

    Most Egyptian’s do not understand that the reason why the Egyptian Military was prepared to deal with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is because of the U.S. Military’s CENTCOM….Central Command.

    CENTCOM and the U.S. Military have extremely close ties and the U.S. KNEW because the Egyptian Constitution did not have the proper mechanisms built into it to remove an elected Egyptian Leader…and they KNEW…the very first thing that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood would attempt to do was to ask for the resignations of all high ranking Egyptian Military Leaders so the Brotherhood could replace them with their own.

    There exist MANY Egyptian Military Liaisons to CENTCOM….and CENTCOM laid out EXACTLY what was going to happen after Morsi took power and explained that it was imperative that the high ranking Egyptian Military Leadership did NOT step down after Morsi asked them to resign.

    This is what saved Egypt.

    Although most Egyptian’s don’t even know this themselves.

    Reality Check

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