On January 28, 2011, after killing hundreds of revolutionaries, the Egyptian security forces retreated from the scene, suffering a huge emotional defeat after revolutionaries took over important squares all over the country. During the months to come, they would rarely appear on the streets of Egypt’s major cities, seemingly hoping that the country would descend into chaos. It would appear, however, that instead of mere moping, they spent the months between February 2011 and June 2013 regrouping. Now, under the leadership of General Al-Sisi, a leader even more ruthless than ousted President Mubarak if that is even possible, the Egyptian security forces have staged a comeback as no other. The twist is that they now have the support of a large portion of the Egyptian population.
The telltale signs of Mubarak’s former regime are all there:
- Churches are burning and sectarian violence has returned.
- The fear of the Shiites is stronger than ever in the hearts of Sunni Egyptians.
- Opposition media have all been shut down while the majority of remaining media organizations are towing the military’s line.
- Men in civilian clothing are present with the Egyptian security forces during all standoffs, standing with and shooting from among their ranks.
- Claims of a need to clamp down on terrorists are being used to impose control over a whole country through martial law and curfews.
- Egypt’s jails are overflowing with political prisoners.
- Every kind of rumor imaginable with barely any evidence to back it is making the rounds among the Egyptian public.
And today we hear news of Mubarak’s imminent release after judges cleared him from a second corruption case.
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