This weekend, Egyptian blogger, Twitter activist, and human rights advocate Alaa Abd El Fattah (@alaa), who is something of a legend, went in to a military court in Egypt for interrogation. "He refused to answer the military’s questions, refused to grant them legitimacy, and was thus detained for 15 days," Jillian York writes in this blog post about her friend.
This isn't the first time Alaa has gone to jail for political reasons: there was a high-profile internet campaign five years ago for his freedom, when he was held under similarly trumped-up charges. The regime hasn't changed. The images in this post are all from that campaign.
Fellow Egyptian activist Bahaa Saber was also called before the military court that same day, but was released even though he took the same position as Alaa, in protesting the legitimacy of military tribunals.
As soon as he was outside, he led chants condemning the SCAF, weeping for his friend, according to onlookers via Twitter. Just last week, Alaa was in San Francisco for RightsCon, and visited the Occupy San Francisco. He tweeted from the Occupy a number of times, and was among those Egyptians who suggested that demonstrators back home in Tahrir Square march in support of the Occupy Oakland police crackdown. And they did.
Last night, folks in Egypt were tweeting that a small gathering of protesters marched around the military prison where Alaa is being held, chanting. Some observers tweeted that Alaa whistled back at them from his cell.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.