January 8, 2014

Egypt's Undemocratic Revolutionaries

Mohammad Fadel, Boston Review

The Associated Press

By declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, the Egyptian government has given itself the power to imprison individuals solely on account of their association, with no proof of violent conduct. And indeed, the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior has stated that mere membership in the Muslim Brotherhood warrants imprisonment, taking a leadership role means a life sentence, and leading Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations could lead to the death sentence. And the consequences of this go well beyond targeting Islamist opposition to the coup; both the state-owned and privately-owned pro-military media condemn all opposition, Islamist or non-Islamist, as being secretly part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore designating the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist threatens all...

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