Crackdown Suggests El-Sisi Fears Anniversary of Egypt’s Uprising

Egypt's parliament, packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, meeting for the first time in three years, Cairo, Jan. 10, 2016 (Lobna Tarek, El-Shorouk Newspaper via AP).
Egypt's parliament, packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, meeting for the first time in three years, Cairo, Jan. 10, 2016 (Lobna Tarek, El-Shorouk Newspaper via AP).
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Is there a tipping point for the grim state of affairs in Egypt, where the fifth anniversary of the popular uprising that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak is less than two weeks away? On Jan. 7, supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police outside a hotel in Giza; no one was injured, but the exchange of gunfire was another hit to Egypt’s tourism industry. It was also a rare sign of Brotherhood supporters taking to the streets, after being severely repressed over the past two and a half years. The next day, two men armed with knives […]

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