June 23, 2015

REPRESSION IS THE WHOLE POINT OF HIS REGIME:

Has Sisi lost control over state repression? (MAGED MANDOUR 22 June 2015, OpenDemocracy)

Egypt is currently undergoing one of the worst periods of repression in its modern history. Thousands languish in overcrowded prisons, hundreds have been sentenced to death, and the use of sexual violence is unprecedented.

There has been a qualitative change in the nature of state violence in Egypt. During the years of the Mubarak regime, the state used violence and torture, as it does now, but its use was kept at a level that was socially acceptable to the urban middle class. [...]

The current levels of violence seem to be counterproductive to the stability of the regime.

Stability for stability's sake is repression for repression's sake.  Democracy is designed to be "unstable." It is what the Sisi regime, like the Mubarak regime before it, opposes.  The Brotherhood were the democrats.


Posted by at June 23, 2015 7:34 PM
  

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