Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#FreeAlaa : And Alaa starts Hunger strike

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has started a full hunger strike yesterday demanding his release.
Alaa Abdel Fattah who is currently serving 15 years in jail sentence for unauthorized protesting charges took that decision after visiting his father prominent lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam in hospital. He told his family that he would no longer cooperate with the “country’s broken legal system.
Here is Alaa Abdel Fattah’s statement as it was published hours ago on his official “Free Alaa” Facebook page. It is included in his family’s English statement.
According to Alaa’s wife Manal Bahi El-Din said on twitter that lawyers are not allowed to see Alaa in prison despite they had permits.

Alaa’s father , the prominent leftist human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam suffered on Friday a cardiac arrest for a few minutes. The doctors resuscitated him and his heart worked again but he has been unconscious since then. Alaa and his sister Sana’a visited him at the ICU after requests of his family to the prosecutor general.
Sana’a , Alaa and Mona Seif’s younger sister is also in jail pending a trail for illegal protesting
It seems that seeing his dad in that condition was a breaking point to Alaa.
Unethically some TV channels and newspapers aired footage showing the veteran lawyer unconscious in his bed in the hospital despite the disapproval of his family. Those TV channels and newspapers did not have the decency to apologize for such action. 
Alaa is not the high profile detainee on full hunger strike , Egyptian US citizen Mohamed Soltan who has been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days.
We are all praying for Mr. Ahmed Seif El-Islam and now we are praying for his son as well his sister. In fact We should pray for the Seifs.

Updated @21.8.2014 

Alaa is joined by other political detainees in prison. The other political detainees who joined Alaa are : Ahmed Douma , Ahmed Maher , Mohamed Adel , Wael Metawlly and Noby. 


  1. I think that there is also another hunger strike, a mass one in Torah prison. One of the prisoners is Ibrahim Halawa, who is only 18 & already been in prison for a year without a trial. He will be in a mass trial with 494 other prisoners, and I believe that he and many others from this trial are all striking together. I wonder how many hunger strikers there are in Egypt now? It's disgusting that this is their only resort.

    I think they started this weekend on the first anniversary of being detained. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28825765

    1. I hope one day a majority of people appreciate the sacrifices that so many endured in their minds and physical to stop abuses, restore sanity and decency, and facilities individual freedom and rights.



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