An Egyptian court has sentenced six young men to death as part of a case that has stirred significant controversy. Ibrahim Azab, Khalid Askar, Ahmed Al Waleed, Mahmoud Wahba, Bassem Mohsen, and Abdul Rahman Atteyah were convicted of the murder of a police officer in 2014 but their families and supporters say the charges are false. They claim that the men, students and graduates of science, pharmacology, medicine, and engineering, were taken from the streets three years ago, have not had access to legal council, and that the convictions depend on confessions obtained under torture. They even say the young men were told their mothers and sisters would be tortured if they did not cooperate.
[Artwork by Iraqi cartoonist Ahmad Falah shows Trump with a red paintbrush; behind him, the White House has been painted blood red to reflect the violence of Trump’s statements, via Niqash.org]
Hate crimes have spiked during this period with many expecting “the situation to get worse in the future.”
My colleague here at IC, Andy Tenido, experienced the violent and racist atmosphere at a Trump primary event in Albequerque, where he was assaulted by Trump supporters and security while filming undocumented-rights protesters.