The Egyptian government is trying to silence Egyptians, activists say

Egypt faces criticism over crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit In a show of force, more than 100 activists from civil society organisations marched towards government headquarters.

CAIRO — There was a certain tension in the air as thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Saturday.

Police were out in full force, and the security forces were nowhere to be seen, but activists on the front lines knew they could be targets of harassment just for trying to do good things.

This was the first time Egyptians had marched, and the first time civil society activists in Egypt had ever tried to demonstrate against a government that had been openly hostile to their movement and their goals.

This was the first time in years that Egyptian activists had gathered publicly to demand that the government live up to international commitments to protect the environment and stop mass killings of activists, journalists, and political opponents of the government.

As the day began, the Egyptian government had been caught off guard by the sudden and unexpected nature of the demonstration.

At least 60 people were arrested for their participation in the protest, but the authorities denied any involvement with them.

But protesters said they had proof of the government’s involvement, and that the arrests were part of a broader crackdown of activists at this and previous anti-government demonstrations.

Activists say that since the police began to crack down on civil society in late 2015, people in Egypt’s independent civil society have become targets of government intimidation, arrest, torture, and harassment.

In April 2016, the government announced plans to establish a committee to monitor the media and to monitor and remove any activists deemed to have “distorted the image” of the country “in the eyes” of the government.

But the activists said that no such committee has been formed, and that the only government committee established since is a committee to study and to report on media coverage.

“For the past year and a half, the Egyptian government has been targeting people who are working to keep our country safe from terrorist groups and from outside interference,” said Samir Sabry, an activist and spokesperson for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.

“The government has been trying to silence the voices of ordinary Egyptians, and the government has been trying to stop us from exercising our rights,” he said. “The government has made that clear. The

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