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AP interview: Female party head doubts Egypt path
Associated Press ^
| Feb 24, 2014 2:19 PM EST
| Mariam Rizk
Posted on 02/24/2014 11:37:13 AM PST by Olog-hai
The first woman elected to head an Egyptian political party expressed doubt over the countrys transition to democracy on Monday, criticizing the interim authorities increasing intolerance of dissent.
Hala Shukrallah, a 59-year-old Coptic Christian, condemned the security crackdown that has resulted in mass detentions and trials in the months since the military overthrew the Islamist president last July. [
Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands detained. But by the end of last year and with the issuance of a draconian protest law, the appetite for dissent decreased and the clampdown widened to include some of the main figures who led the revolt against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Shukrallah viewed this as threatening to democracy.
It is not only pulling us back to before Jan. 25 (referring to the anti-Mubarak uprising); it also brings us back to Morsis rule, when critics were described as infidels.
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TOPICS: Egypt; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: callthecopts; copticchristians; copts; coptsandrobbers; egypt; egyptmilitary; elsisi; halashukrallah; keystonecopts; morsi; mubarak; rop
posted on 02/24/2014 11:37:13 AM PST
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Hala Shukrallah, a 59-year-old Coptic Christian, condemned the security crackdown that has resulted in mass detentions and trials in the months since the military overthrew the Islamist president last July... Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands detained. But by the end of last year... the clampdown widened to include some of the main figures who led the revolt against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope. [old saying]
Coptic Christians will always have these same problems under muzzie rule, whether in Egypt or anywhere else.
Mubarak was loads better than Morsi, for that matter, was better than Nasser or even Sadat, and ran Egypt longer than Nasser and Sadat combined (I'd have to do the math, maybe we could throw Morsi's total in there as well).
Egypt never went to war during Mubarak's entire regime, but continued to slide toward the lawlessness of jihad as paramilitaries were tolerated.
Meanwhile the world's "pro-human-rights" frauds complained nonstop about detention and/or torture, while remaining completely unconcerned about official desecration and/or destruction of Coptic Churches dating back into the Middle Ages, persecution of Christians, and of course Egypt's failures to live up to its treaty with Israel.
I look forward to the execution of Morsi, the continued annihilation of his supporters by the Egyptian gov't, and hope for the eventual extirpation of jihadist paramilitaries.
posted on 02/25/2014 3:40:50 PM PST
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