Posts Tagged: 1977

The Central Security Forces

This (Arabic) study is one of the most accurate and detailed reports, I’ve come across, on the evolution of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Central Security Forces: UPDATE: I was honored to speak with the author of the study, in a Zoom meeting.

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Something in the air

Since I returned to Cairo two days ago, the conversations I’m having with or hearing from random strangers are amazing. I had to go yesterday to do some paper work at the Nasr City registrar, and as usual the procedures included photocopying my ID and every single document. I went into one of the small

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Anti-torture revolt

El-Badeel reports that hundreds of citizens stormed el-Dhaher Poilce Station Friday night, following the death of Muhammad Ali Hassan, a 38-year-old coffee shop owner, in custody. The wife of the victim, Asmaa Muhammad, accused the Criminal Investigations officers of fabricating drug charges against her husband, torturing him to death, as a “favor” for some individuals.

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1976

Kamal Khalil, recalling the 25 November 1976 Cairo University march which he led as an Engineering graduate student and a communist organizer: The Nasserists and the Communists were due to march on that day. But there were divisions in every faction.. both among the Nasserists themselves and the Communists. The Workers Communist party activists had

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Rashad

Demoralized by the failure of the 1977 Bread Intifada, and faced with an escalating witch-hunt campaign and purges by Sadat’s regime against leftists in the universities and civil service, thousands of Egyptian communists and radical nationalists left the country and sought refuge in Libya, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait (yeah, believe it or not, Kuwait received tons

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Mahalla marks ’77 Bread Intifada

I received another photo, courtesy of Ad-Dustour, of the demonstration held in Mahalla to mark the anniversary of the 1977 Bread Uprising, and to protest the dramatic increase in prices of basic commodities.

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