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.