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Sisi will have to face judgement one day



We are not sure if the United States has already advised Egypt's new regime to construct a few new prisons. The US Secretary of State John Kerry ought to have done so during his last trip to Cairo and should have offered a few billions in aid for the purpose. Egypt is indeed in need of a few new jails because the way people are being put behind the bars, a rough estimate says, one third of Egyptians will be in prison in next three years.

Even women are not spared; minor girls are dished out prison terms for eleven years. Jails in Egypt are now bursting at the seams. With no more space to accommodate new prisoners, police in Egypt are now dumping men and women, boys and girls in the desert.

In his bid to rule over all his surveys Egypt's new pharaoh General Abdul Fattah Al Sisi is arresting people even for thinking to criticise the government. 

This Caligula is out to wipe out all opposition; imposed draconian and barbaric laws to restrict protests "even more restrictive than under the rule of Hosni Mubarak" to justify and cover repression; brought back spine-chilling authoritarianism; incarcerating people at random. Empathy and tolerance, fundamental to any democratic and pluralistic societies, are non-existents in Egypt today.

Equally malevolent is the judiciary which has been found to play the second fiddle in the repression let loose by Al Sisi and the military. While twenty one young women, including seven minors (they are no older than children), were sentenced to eleven-year imprisonment the judiciary, cohort to the crimes of Al Sisi, has taken a shockingly lenient stand on the crimes committed by the police and army which have together killed over 1,500 Mursi supporters.

This juxtaposition is more than outrageous and belies the claims of those who facilitated the coup. By no means is the new pharaoh and his cronies working to redeem Egypt, its revolution that ousted Mubarak and restore pluralism for which the country may have been known in the pre-historic ages. Al Sisi has unleashed repression worse than what the world has seen in North Korea or Myanmar under junta rule.

Egypt today is a classic example of banana republic.

Commenting on the politics of the country The Economist has asked a question. Could it be any more baffling? The journal has cited the case of Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the most prominent leftist youth leaders from the 2011 revolution. He has found himself sharing a cell with a group of Mursi's top advisers.

Abdel Fattah, arrested by every government since the revolution, including Mursi's, most recently fell foul of a new law that places strict limits on the right to protest. Many Egyptians, weary of endless street disruption, back the law. To Abdel Fattah and others it seems jarring that the current government, which bases its legitimacy on the huge street protests that erupted against Mursi's rule, and pretends to celebrate the 2011 revolution, should now move to squash the very kind of street mobilisation that made those upheavals possible.

Well, with whatever is happening there at present the state of affairs in Egypt cannot be more baffling.
General Sisi and his facilitators had lied to the nation; they lied to the people of Egypt. Restoration of pluralism, democracy and human rights were never on their agenda. They have connived to set the clock backward on the country; they have backstabbed the revolution which pulled down autocracy; they have committed an unpardonable crime against humanity and civilisation.

And when the day of judgement will be on them they will and must not face the judges. They shall face the people whom they have betrayed.

Anger against the present political dispensation and the army is rising. The façade of lies is fast withering out and truth of the coup that toppled Egypt's first democratically elected president is getting exposed. Society is getting increasingly restive; students are pouring on the streets sans fear of incarceration and bullets. The country on the bank of river Nile is waking up to the reality that it was duped.

Neither the army nor the 'liberals' who partnered in the crime against Egypt with Sisi is looked upon as redeemer of the nation. Their vile faces are now lurking out of their masks. These criminals have stripped the country of its basic right to protest and dissent crimes its government has been perpetrating. They are now making Egypt the biggest gaol in the world.

Egypt's revolution, we are convinced, has not ended and it must not end the way the military in the country wants. Most of its objectives have not yet been achieved. The revolution's objective was not only to pull down Hosni Mubarak but to change a regime, a system of governance, which had with cynicism trampled the basic rights of common Egyptians; encouraged growth of elitism that has kept common people miles away from participating in any political process; monopolised not only power but also its resources allowing poverty among the teeming millions to assume grinding proportions.

The unfinished business of the revolution beckons the Egyptians and they must respond to the calls the nation is giving or else sacrifice of 1,200 young lives shall go wasted. And if so happens history shall never condone the Egyptians and posterity shall demand explanation from their peers for every single soul that was killed to change Egypt.

The author is the Opinion Editor of Times of Oman



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Big talk from an Omani paper. When Oman puts boots on the ground in support of Arab or Muslim causes, as Egypt has many times to its own harm, then Oman and its opinion writers should feel free to utter such big words. Until then, stick to tourism, backstabbing the GCC, and hosting secret meetings on behalf of other governments. What has the U.S. been paying Oman lately?