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Activist Safwan Mohamed arrested for owning sticker against military trials

Police arrest prominent activist in Alexandria after finding a 'No to Military Trials' sticker on his bag

Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Jun 2014
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Mohamed Safwan (Photo: AL-Ahram)
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Alexandria police on Sunday referred a well known activist to prosecutors on charges of possession of material "insulting the armed forces," reported Ahram Arabic news website.

Police arrested Safwan Mohamed, a leading member in the liberal Constitution Party, at a checkpoint in east Alexandria after they found a sticker on his bag saying "No to Military Trials."

Safwan was among the first Egyptians who signed a 2010 petition supporting the efforts of Mohamed ElBaradei to demand reform from then president Hosni Mubarak. He also ran for parliament in his home district against two prominent Islamists in the 2011 parliamentary elections, but lost.

In recent months, police have arrested scores of individuals on charges of displaying the pro-Muslim Brotherhood "Rabaa sign" in public.

Police have also arrested scores of liberal and leftist activists in recent months, mainly on charges of violating a controversial protest law that restricts demonstrations.

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Ahmed Khattab
03-06-2014 02:11pm
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Long life Egypt
To All Egypts Friends All Over the World. ( Sisi He is now a Legal Presedint. . So. I GUESS I GAVE A CHANCE BEFORE TO MORSY. BUT HE LOST IT BECAUSE HE HAVE NO ANY IDEA ABIUT EGYPT. HE KNOW ONLY TOK TOK AND HOW MANY BREAD HE GOT DAILY WHILE HE WAS IN JAIL. NOW I GIVE MY CHANCE TO WHO SISI. HE HAVE IDEA AT LEAST ABOUT WHATS EGYPT NEED AND FREE EGYPTIANS WANT. by the end. LONG LIFE EGYPT :)
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Liberty vs Military
03-06-2014 01:46am
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Liberty is a concept alien to military cultists
Look at the votes on these comments... MOI terrorists and trolls have the knickers in a wad over their embarrassment that this issue became public knowledge. They hoped that Safwan would disappear quietly and be eliminated/tortured secretly, but no, his plight is now openly discussed. Unlike his detractors (many of whom are ruthless terrorists), there is no evidence that the democratic revolutionary Safwan, a known supporter of liberty and civilization, has ever resorted to violence to advance his political causes. Violence is more something that military officers trained to kill prefer. The idea that Safwan supports the MB is incorrect. This who propagate this view are knowingly lying. Even if he did (which he obviously does not), it would not justify the repression against him. Liberty and militarism are incompatible and cannot both occupy the same space.
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Allen
02-06-2014 08:10pm
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When an organization shoots to kill the military personnel
They are lucky to be apehended alive period. Most nations would shoot that terrorist on the spot.
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Allen
02-06-2014 09:09am
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Terrorism is not freedom of expression.
You are only fooling yourself with brotherhood propaganda.
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Alejandro
03-06-2014 01:51am
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Constitution Party is a separate entity from MB
When did the Constitution party become the MB? Are sure you watched the 203rd coup? The Constitution party took the opposite side of the MB. It doesn't make sense to equate them as supposedly being one and the same.
Ain Loc
02-06-2014 04:34pm
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Military trials are terrorism
You mean terrorism in the form of the military and its "special" trials? Yes, military trials are a form of terrorism meant to terrorize and intimidate individuals into stopping political and other activity. So, according to you, advocated free speech and civil liberties is an MB exclusive cause? Your view implies that libertarians and greens everywhere are MB members and that most of Egypt's population consist of those loyal to the MB. Kind of futile to resist that force if what you said were to be true. The truth is that only pro-Mubarak terrorists, NDP terrorists, pro-Saudi terrorists, pro-miilitary terrorists, and pro-Sisi terrorists actually dislike Safwan or believe that he did anything wrong. It doesn't take an MBer to see that military trials are a stone age practice.
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hans müller
02-06-2014 12:07am
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just incredible
It's just incredible what's happening in Egypt - now the arrest of this harmless Mohamed Safwan... In Germany where I live and have some political and media influence, I will call for a boycott of anything Egyptian - products, tourism - as long as the present dicatorship is in power.
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Seek Justice
02-06-2014 05:45pm
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Good plan
Thanks. Awareness of the restoration of dictatorship in Egypt is needed. Actions which draw attention to this problem will help Egypt in the long term.
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Dostour
01-06-2014 07:23pm
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Dictatorial policies
Military terrorists are clueless and unable to comprehend freedom of speech. They want to be able to incite hatred and violence but deny others freedom of expression.
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