In Egypt, more than 1900 protesters, who were demonstrating against the alleged corruption of the Egyptian president this week, have been arrested, but many protesters are determined to continue their actions against the government. The country currently holds about 60,000 political prisoners.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the current president of Egypt and has had previous experience as president in 2014, when he came to power after leading the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian leader. He is well remembered for having used torture and forced disappearances against his political opponents and criminal suspects, under his regime.
Protests started on September 2, when Egyptian construction contractor Mohamed Ali claimed to have worked in the construction industry for 15 years under army contracts, building five villas for colleagues of Sisi and a palace for Sisi in a military camp. Ali accused Sisi of wasting public funds and “[bringing] low-level corruption to a new level“. The president rejected the accusations as “lies and slander“.
The recent flow of demonstrations against the president, which Donald Trump called “my favorite dictator” has began. The demonstrations have moved tens of thousands of people asking the president to resign, despite the prohibition to protest without permission. In response to the protests, the security forces have intensified their presence in the main squares of the main cities, since Sisi has repeatedly clarified that he will not tolerate any dissent.