June 14, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Friends and relatives of a U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges said Monday that he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast - and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt's revolution, as Egyptian authorities allege. His mother and a fellow student said Ilan Grapel, 27, arrived in Cairo only in May. Late Monday, the official Egyptian News Agency said the investigation showed he arrived in Egypt just before the protests began Jan. 25 and was in Tahrir Square every day, "inciting sedition, spreading rumors, and urging protesters toward friction with the armed forces and to commit acts of violence.
September 9, 2011 |
CAIRO - A former high-ranking security official testified Thursday that forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak were ordered to use excessive force to crush protests in the early days of a revolution that would later topple the president. The police general's testimony said the order came from then-Interior Minister Habib Adli, an accusation that suggests the highest levels of the Mubarak government plotted the crackdown that killed more than 800 people between Jan. 25 and Feb. 11. It was unclear whether Adli called for firing live ammunition.
October 12, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Finance Minister Hazem Beblawi resigned in protest over the military-led government's crackdown on Christian Coptic protesters this week that deepened sectarian tensions and left 25 people dead and more than 300 injured. Although "there might not be direct responsibility on the government's part, the responsibility lies, ultimately, on its shoulders," the official state news agency MENA quoted Beblawi as saying. "The current circumstances are very difficult and require a new and different way of thinking and working.
April 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE CAIRO - The six-month-old government of Tunisia cracked down with tear gas and batons Monday on thousands of protesters who filled a central artery of the capital in defiance of a new ban on demonstrations there. The confrontation, at the site of the protests that ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and kicked off the Arab Spring last year, was another manifestation of a role reversal now playing out across North Africa in the aftermath of the revolts in neighboring Egypt and Libya as well.
December 25, 2011 |
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday to denounce violence against protesters - especially outraged by images of female protesters dragged by their hair, beaten, and kicked by troops - and to demand an immediate end to military rule. The protesters held pictures of people killed in the clashes that began this month and left at least 17 protesters dead. The scene of military troops beating and dragging women on the ground - in one incident stripping a veiled protester half naked and stomping on her chest - shook many in the largely conservative country, where the military in power since 1952 is highly revered.
November 28, 2011 |
GREG PORTER, the Drexel University sophomore arrested last week during protests in Cairo, returned to Philadelphia this weekend. A family member standing outside Porter's Glenside, Montgomery County, home told a reporter yesterday that Porter would not be available for comment but that the family is grateful that he is home. The 19-year-old La Salle College High School graduate was met Saturday evening by his parents and other family members at Philadelphia International Airport.
July 18, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf made sweeping changes to his cabinet Sunday in a move to calm nine days of protests in Tahrir Square against the nation's ruling military council and the slow pace of political reform. Sharaf promised last week to reshuffle his government and purge the Interior Ministry of police officers and top officials accused of murder in the deaths of more than 800 protesters during the crackdown on the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
January 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt's wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president's rule. They boast that they're willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black wrestlers' masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.
July 2, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of antigovernment protesters armed with flags, banners, and deafening waves of chants for President Mohammed Morsi's downfall packed into Tahrir Square and flooded the streets around Egypt's presidential palace Sunday, in the largest showing of opposition to the Islamist leader since he took office one year ago Sunday. Thousands of Morsi supporters, many of them from his Muslim Brotherhood party, filled another Cairo thoroughfare with their own chants of support.
February 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain. The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even threats of violent retaliation, is fueled by ultraconservative Islamists who suggest that women invite assault by attending antigovernment protests where they mix with men. At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords.