Five hundred days ago today, on July 3 the then head of the armed forces, now president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in Egypt. The coup displaced Mohammed Morsi, who had won Egypt’s first competitive and credible elections one year earlier, in 2012.
The defining event of the early period of Sisi’s rule was the Rabaa Massacre on August 14, in which at least 817 people were killed according to Human Rights Watch. Other estimates reached much higher and even HRW noted that the number likely exceed 1000, comparing the event to other historical massacres such as Tianamen Square. In the first part of the video below survivor Mahmoud Bondok recounts his experiences:
In addition to Bondok, ImportantCool spoke to Neil Ketchley, a fellow at Oxford University and Mohamed Elmasry Visiting Scholar at the University of Denver to try and understand what’s been happening in Egypt during the now 500-day-old Sisi era.
Who Are the Anti-Coup Protesters? And Who Are the Muslim Brotherhood?
While the deposed president may have been from the Muslim Brotherhood, the anti-coup protest movement is broader than that.
What is the State of the Egyptian Economy? How do Sisi’s and Morsi’s Approaches Differ?
What little hope the poor had under Morsi seems to be evaporating under Sisi. Below, compare the different answers the two men gave when asked what their plans would be for Egypt’s unemployed.
How have Egypt’s women fared under the Morsi and Sisi governments?
While Morsi’s rule may not have delivered the advances in women’s rights that some had hoped for, under Sisi they have become targets of unprecedented aggression.
What’s Happening in Sinai?
The restive Sinai Peninsula has long had strained relations with the Egyptian central government. These seem to be coming to a dangerous head as the Egyptian military cracks down on entire civilian populations in its quest to track down Islamists and close the tunnels into Gaza.
What do You Think of the International Media’s Coverage of Post-Coup Egypt?
The cameras that put Tahrir Square on the center of the world stage have not followed Egypt’s protesters into the junta’s dungeons.
It goes to show how the mainstream media will avoid covering the crimes of Western governments’ allies such as the Egyptian military. Help us stand with the oppressed by becoming a patron of ImportantCool or donating your twitter account.