Sunday, September 29, 2019

#FreeAlaa once again : 2019 edition

A Cairo state prosecution ordered from a couple of hours ago the detention of famous political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah 15 days pending an investigation into the charges of spreading false news and joining a banned group.
Alaa once again is arrested "Photo: Mona Seif"

Abdel Fattah was arrested earlier Sunday as soon as he finished his probation period at Dokki police station in Giza.
If you forgot, I would like to remind you that the software developer was serving a 5-years-probation sentence which means in his case to spend 12 hours in a police station after serving 5-years in prison.
He had just finished his prison sentence in March !!

The famous blogger was sentenced to five years in prison and another five years on probation in February 2015 on charges of rioting, participating in an unauthorized protest, disrupting the lives of citizens and exposing them to danger, attacking an employee while on duty and thuggery in the so-called “Shura council trial”.
Trying to rebuild his life once again in 12 hours per days, Abdel Fattah does not have time for political activism and calling for protests like in the old days.
One thing for sure, he is not involved in calling those protests whether on 20th September or 27th September and his social media accounts prove that.
Alaa writes in Mada Masr in the Op-eds section. His latest op-ed was published on 26 September on the site that is blocked in Egypt is called “Five metaphors on healing” and you should read it.

Now Alaa Abdel Fattah is not only the political detainees of all Egyptian presidents in the last 30 years but he also became the detainees of all prosecutor generals appointed in Egypt since 2003 I guess !!!

This time Abdel Fattah was not detained alone,  one of his lawyers Mohamed El-Baker who was attending with him was arrested too.
El-Baker, a renowned human rights lawyer since 2011 was accused like Alaa of spreading false news and joining a banned group. He heads one of the human rights NGOs that issued that statement calling for the release of the detainees last week.
He is not the first lawyer to be arrested in the latest and current crackdown against activists and protesters following the protests.

Last week, renowned activist and award-winning human rights lawyer Mahinour El-Masry was also arrested too and was detained 15 days pending investigations for joining spreading false news and joining a banned organization.

Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed El-Baker are the latest political activist to be arrested in the current crackdown against activists, opposition figures and protesters like Khaled Dawoud, Hassan Nafae and even apolitical Hazem Ghonim, the brother of famous 25 January revolution icon Wael Ghonim following the protests and the videos of whistleblower Mohamed Ali in Spain and his call to oust current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

According to the Egyptian prosecutor general’s office, nearly 1000 suspects were arrested on 20 February 2019 for illegal protesting.

I will end this post by a famous quote of Alaa: The day will come when we will disagree with each other without the need to imprison each other.
Got nothing to say more except I think Alaa is tired and his family is tired too.

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