The new anti-protest law in Egypt is roiling the country. On Thursday, a student at Cairo University was killed by police using live ammunition against a student demonstration.
Youth leaders of the 2011 revolution are now also being targeted for calling for demonstrations against the law, including Ahmad Maher of April 6 and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah. Maher and other members of the left of center April 6 youth organization had also been prosecuted for protesting by the deposed government of Muhammad Morsi.
Update: On Thursday evening police broke into Alaa Abdel Fattah’s apartment and beat his wife Manal and dragged him off.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Literally. The military junta’s protest law is about the same as the one backed by Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi, which was about the same as the pre-revolution Mubarak era protest law.
But there is resistance and hope in Egypt still. I was very impressed by Alaa Abdel Fattah’s statement on the arrest warrant issued for him that is reproduced at Informed Comment. I can only hope for that kind of courage if our political situation decays that much.