A wide campaign for mass arrests for Egyptian citizens who are defending the rights of other detainees and the right for an independent judiciary in Egypt has been launched by the regime of Mubarak to clamp down on any chance for change towards reform and democracy.
Egyptian blogger Alaa Ahmed Seif el Islam
was arrested today together with another 14 during a demonstration in Cairo in front of the penal court in Bab Al Khaleq. The first batch of detainees which was arrested two weeks ago were brought before the attorney general. Alaa and others went to the court to show their solidarity and support. Another blogger was detained a week ago, his name is Malek
Since the beginning of the year, the Judges Club in Cairo and Alexandria has started a nation-wide movement
calling for an independent judiciary. The current judiciary system is ruled by the strong grip of the executive authority of the regime of Mubarak. The members of the Judges Club could not tolerate taking the rigging of the parliamentary elections in November/December as a normal procedure to fool the Egyptians and the world. When they tried to take their responsibility and uncover the rigging of the elections they were crushed by the regime and some of them were slapped on the faces in polling stations. The regime made it clear to the Egyptian people and to the judges that there is no will but the of the President.
The Judges Club ran the only democractic free elections that took place in Egypt where the pro-reform, pro-independent judiciary list won the elections, ousting all the Pro-regime out of the board of members of the Syndicate.
The regime could not tolerate any sector or any branch of society to gain power bearing in mind that the Egyptian people of different backgrounds stood behind the judges's call for an independent judiciary. Leftists, islamists, rightists, seculars are supportive of this judges' call.
Everytime the Judges Club's General Assembly convenes it became a very normal scene to find Egyptians gathering in front or near by the meeting's venue.
Following the setbacks of the presidential and legislative elections which I would call a farce, Egyptians had nothing to cling to. They knew they are stuck with a President who wants to rule for life and a cooked-up representation in the parliament.
Then came the rise of sincere faithful Egyptians represented in the Judges Club. It was an unexpected move for the regime which thought that after the legislative elections control will be back and people will be suppressed as has been the case for the past 25 years. However, the plans and expectations of the regime were proven wrong. Masses of Egyptians are surrounding the judges with their support which is increasing day by day.
Now the uprise is on the rise and the Mubarak regime cannot take it. The result is that security forces are lashing out in all directions detaining anyone who would open his/her mouth in any street in Egypt using very arbitaray procedures, thanks to the renewal of the Emergency Law.
Since the dawn of April 24, according to the counts of the websites that I read about the detentions, I believe that not less than 80 Egyptians have been detained because of their support to the judges.
One year ago a very trustworthy person of an opinion which I respect and this person happens to be also a political writer told me "this regime will be thrown away with blood". I didn't want to believe him, but I am seeing blood coming! I am saying it now with my eyes filled with tears.
Egyptian blogosphere is boiling with anger today here