“Egypt Crackdown Brings Most Arrests In Decades”
NPR, Mar. 13, 2014
“Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells. The Egyptian government has not released official numbers for those arrested in the sweeps since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July. But four senior officials — two from the Interior Ministry and two from the military — gave The Associated Press a count of 16,000, including about 3,000 top- or mid-level members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. … The result is the biggest wave of arrests since the 1990s, when Mubarak’s security forces jailed at least 20,000 people, mostly Islamists, while battling a bloody militant insurgency.”
Quickie analysis: Can’t beat ’em at the polls? No problem. Throw ’em in jail instead.