Will Obama stand up for these pro-democracy protesters? Don’t hold your breath. “Egypt prosecutor orders arrests of activists,” by Tom Perry for Live Mint, March 26 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Cairo: Egypt’s prosecutor general on Monday ordered the arrest of five prominent political activists accused of inciting violence against President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, a step the opposition decried as a reversal for democracy.
The move seemed certain to deepen mistrust in an already polarised political landscape, further complicating Mursi’s efforts to build bridges with his opponents before parliamentary polls the opposition has threatened to boycott.
Those ordered arrested included Ahmed Douma and Alaa Abd El-Fattah, a leading blogger who became a symbol of the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Also ordered arrested were Karim al-Shaer, Hazem Abdel Azeem and Ahmed al-Sahafi.
The five were banned from travel while a sixth person was summoned for questioning.
Abd El-Fattah, who was arrested under Mubarak and the military council that replaced him, said in a statement he would head to the prosecutor general’s office on Tuesday. He described the warrant as proof of the “corruption of the case and the prosecutor general’s bias in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the five had been accused of inciting “aggression against people, the destruction of property and disturbing civil peace” in street battles near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters on Friday.
At least 130 people were hospitalised in the fighting….