Egypt's anti-Morsi youth leader rues mistakes

Ahmed Maher, who played a key role in the protests against both Mubarak and Morsi, says the current situation is much worse.

Egypt's anti-Morsi youth leader rues mistakes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ahmed Maher, one of the key organizers of the April 6 Youth Movement protests that contributed to the downfall of the former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has now expressed his dissatisfaction with the current interim government that came to power after ousting elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Maher, who was also part of the June 30 Movement calling for Mohamed Morsi to step down days before General Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi conducted the military coup, was himself arrested in November for protesting against the Egyptian protest ban law.

Speaking to an Egyptian media source, without expressing any regret for participating in the protests against Morsi, Maher admitted that the current situation is not only reminiscent of Hosni Mubarak’s era, but far worse.

‘What is happening now is seriously a return to the old regime and a return to the same old tactics used by Mubarak in the past; the same persecution, the same torture, the same corruption and the same lies are being spread in the media that existed during the time of Mubarak and the time of the Military Council, and, to some extent, during the time of Morsi. What is happening now is much worse,’ he said.

Since the military coup, more than 2,000 people have been killed in the following violence, along with hundreds of arrests. The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party hails, was also dissolved and declared a terrorist organization.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ocak 2014, 18:06