Tagged with Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

God, The law carries many meanings, but among them is license. Neither state nor citizen may act as they wish; the law – in principle – standardizes behavior. In Egypt, two laws in particular are illustrative. God, may the proper lessons be both learned and applied. Several weeks ago the parliament passed a controversial draft … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

God, The week opened with numerous protesters and a few policemen dead after clashes on the revolution anniversary. It ended with many soldiers dead following terrorist attacks on their positions in Sinai. God, be merciful to Egypt. Pretentions are dropping as pro-Brotherhood and pro-state media openly incite against one another. Beyond the lives lost the … Continue reading

Divided Society Drives ‘Preacher of the Revolution’ to Lonely Hunger Strike

Divided Society Drives ‘Preacher of the Revolution’ to Lonely Hunger Strike

Sixteen thousand Muslim Brotherhood prisoners launched a mass hunger strike yesterday, protesting against torture and other human rights abuses, according to local sources. Haitham Abu Khalil, the movement spokesman, says many more individuals are unlawfully detained. The same day a lone Coptic hunger striker, unaffiliated and unsympathetic to the Brotherhood, ended his own hunger strike … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Universities

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Universities

God, If protesting has waned on the streets, it has waxed in the universities. Fueled first by some in their support for Morsi, they were joined by others in opposition to a law against protesting. Still others rallied simply because police entered the campus to put it all down. A last group, presumably the largest … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Protest Law

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Protest Law

God, Egypt may still be revolutionary, but if so it is now contrary to law. Perhaps every revolution is. Besides, there is nothing like a law to regulate protest to spark more protest. It even brought non-Islamists back to the street. Many political parties and movements spoke out against its provisions, requiring prior notification, allowing … Continue reading