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Five Years In An Egyptian Prison For Posting This Image To Facebook

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What has happened in Egypt? From Mubarak to the Muslim Brotherhood to the military coup and As-Sisi, a lot of Egyptians are wondering what’s next in the cycle of dictatorship to democracy to dictatorship.

Say what you will about the Ikhwan al-Muslimin – they were the democratically elected leadership of Egypt. Now, the General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi-led military dictatorship in Egypt has passed a law that could impose a five-year prison sentence anyone who posts the four-fingered “Rabia” solidarity symbol on their Facebook page.

Both Arabcrunch and Sharouk News have also informed us that Egyptian athletes who anticipate competing in the upcoming Olympics have also been briefed that they are prohibited from flashing the four-fingered symbol, according to the country’s sports minister.

The solidarity symbol of “Rabia” or “R4bia” refers to the deaths of Muslim protestors in Rabia al-Adawiya Square at the hands of the Sisi Military Dictatorship.

Following the revolution that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak, the 2011 democratic election led to the election of Ikhwan president Mohamed Morsi. While there were certainly problems with Morsi, he abrogated so much power in an effort to insure that he would not be another Mubarak, that the Egyptian military was able to stage a successful coup in the summer of 2013. Now, the country is a dictatorship again and democracy has been branded “terrorism” by the Sisi regime.

The “R4bia” symbol is also seen as support for the now-banned Ikhwan party, which the current regime has branded terrorists, in spite of their not having engaged in anything that can be construed as terrorist activity.

Is this the New Egypt that we protested, fought, bled and died for? An Egypt where posting an image on Facebook is considered terrorist activity?

(Article by Isa Abu Jamal; image via PBSpot)

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