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Egypt Court Upholds Jailing of Prominent Pro-democracy Activists

Members of the April 6 movement shout slogans with activists against the government as they protest against the detention of several members of their movement in front of the Press Syndicate building in Cairo, April 6, 2014.
Members of the April 6 movement shout slogans with activists against the government as they protest against the detention of several members of their movement in front of the Press Syndicate building in Cairo, April 6, 2014.
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— An Egyptian appeals court on Monday upheld the jailing of three leading figures of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising, tightening a crackdown on secular activists opposed to the army-backed government
 
Last December, a court handed out three-year jail sentences to liberal activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel, for protesting without permission and assaulting the police.
 
The verdict was the first under a law passed by the government in November that requires police permission for demonstrations. The case stemmed from protests called in defiance of the law.
 
Already pressing a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the authorities have arrested a number of secular activists in recent months for breaches of the protest law.
 
Critics see it as an attempt to stifle the kind of street activism common since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak as the government proceeds with a new political transition plan.
 
“I was not expecting at all this sentence. I was certainly expecting it to be overturned. That's very bad news,” said liberal activist Khaled Dawoud.
 
“That will definitely send a very negative signal to all the young people who supported the January [2011] revolution.”
 
Human rights activist Gamal Eid tweeted “Down Down the rule of injustice” in reaction to the verdict.
 
Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the general who toppled democratically elected Morsi last July following mass protests against his rule, is expected to easily win a presidential election next month.
 
Sissi's supporters see him as a decisive figure who can bring stability. Islamist and secular opponents say he has helped turned Egypt into a police state again.

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by: mansoor from: Sydney
April 12, 2014 4:38 PM
This Chris and Ali Ababa sick they have no idea what they talking about. If you do not the full background do not comment shut up.


by: ali baba from: new york
April 12, 2014 3:38 PM
for Chris , sorry of losing a house as a results of Muslim brotherhood activities'. I heard so many sad stories about raping woman . killing people, impose ransom for people ,burring churches . then I heard in news paper that Muslim brotherhood is non violent . My question who committed these crimes? is any justice has been served. The answer is no. for that reason ,Muslim brotherhood continue to commit crimes. they are liar.fanatic


by: Chris from: London
April 11, 2014 8:43 AM
The MB WERE a peaceful organisation. No longer is this true. Helping the poorer communities? Just because they are helping people of the same religion doesn't mean they are "do-gooders". What about the tens of thousands of Egyptian Chritians that were terrorised under MB rule? Are they less Egyptian than the Muslims? Considering the Christians were inhabitants of Egyptian land before the Muslims, if anything, it's moreso their land! Egyptians are Egyptians full stop, secular divisions should not exist. My won family lost their houses during MB rule so don't attempt to defend their "peaceful" ways.


by: ali baba from: new york
April 07, 2014 2:44 PM
Muslim brotherhood is not a peaceful organization. .the more Egyptian Gov. . get tough with them ,the more country is stable. Muslim brotherhood members are mentally ill and brain washed and they are looking for violence. if any civil war in Egypt. it will be related to Muslim brotherhood activities


by: meanbill from: USA
April 07, 2014 12:38 PM
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD was a peaceful organization, helping the poor and less-fortunate Muslims in the Islamic countries.... NOW the Muslim Brotherhood is finally forming a military wing of the Brotherhood, to combat the violence against them by the Egyptian military, backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Monarchies.... Will these arrests end the violence, or will it be the catalyst for civil war?


by: ali baba from: new york
April 07, 2014 9:49 AM
No body is above the law. These actives have attention problem. they do not have the right to demonstrate and create unstable condition. The fact thee Egyptian revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak has destroyed the country and the country reached to no return point. These activities are seeking fame regardless to the damage to society. There are a reason that they might get paid by Muslim brotherhood .muslim brotherhood have estimated wealth of billion of assets and used to created violence . Muslim brotherhood gone further step to threaten England with wave of terrorism activates for the British Gov. probe for illegal actives. Muslim brotherhood believe then can manipulate each person either by money or violence. these activates learn their lesson that double standard and play with both side will not stay for ever

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