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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Ban on the April 6 Movement

Even as Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy was mking the rounds in Washington yesterday, a court in Egypt was ordering the dissolution of the April 6 Movement, one of the protest movements well-known for its role in the protests against Husni Mubarak. It is is accused of "espionage," "defaming Egypt,"  plotting against state institutions, and other charges.

The movement says it will appeal the order. The court also ordered confiscation of the Movement's "headquarters," though it generally met in coffeehouses or private homes.

April 6, though it opposed the Muslim Brotherhood rule of Muhammad Morsi and initially supported the June 30 protests and the July 3 intervention, has since grown critical of the present government. Founder Ahmad Maher and some other members are already jailed for illegal protests.

April 6 has also suffered from internal divisions.


Anonymous said...

The "defense" of democracy requires vigilance and steady nerves.

Thank God that Generalissimo Sissy is on guard protecting Egypt from sedition and the impertinent questioning of his wisdom and authority - which apparently is the same as sedition..

David Mack said...

Poor Nabil Fahmy. I seem to remember that he was seen as an ally of the April 6 movement. The verdict of history can be harsh on the moderates who go along with a new tyranny to defeat an existing one.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the tyranny of the Mursi Regime, I remember it well. The mass arrests. The show trials. The executions.

David Mack said...

Actually, I had the tyranny of the Mubarak regime in mind, rather than the incompetent and narrow minded leadership of Mursi. Elections would have been the right way to end the latter.