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Sunday, April 30, 2006

How Big are Those Prisons Anyhow?

Moved on! Check TheCairoCalls

It is either that:
a) I know one too many outlaws; or
b) The government is arresting everybody those days
I go for b)
After having a couple of friends snatched at a checkpoint in Dahab (to be later released, thank god), another guy I know is being held (probably by Amn El Dawla) for participating in last Monday's sit-in in front of the Judges' Club (the same day, Judge Mahmoud Hamza was beaten up). His friends set up a blog with lots of information, and updates.
For all it is worth, go visit!

Moved on!


I am very glad your friends were released, one of the things I was worried about. (As well as the danger of you getting caught up in the storm.) Can you give us more details as to how this whole thing happened?

By Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton), at April 30, 2006 5:27 PM  

which one??

By Blogger Tomanbay, at April 30, 2006 5:39 PM  

I don't know ahmed in person. I met him few times in the biology department when I was visiting friends there. He was barred entry to university when he had a kefaya sticker on his white shirt last semester before his graduation.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2006 5:53 PM  

yeah the university security is wussies when it comes to politics...

By Blogger Tomanbay, at April 30, 2006 5:55 PM  

Believe it or not, that day when Ahmed was barred from entering university, he called the university Provost in order to be allowed inside. The university provost (the second highest person in the university hierarchy after the President) gave the go-ahead.

Security personnel still wouldn't let Ahmed in because the head of security said no. Guess who the head of security used to work for before he got his present position? Yup, that's right, State Security (Amn el Dawla).

What was funny is that an Amn el Dawla agent walked up to the gate, from inside - NOT OUTSIDE - the university, and Ahmed greeted him by name. The man also knew Ahmed by name.

Now, although Ahmed was allowed in at the end, after a lot of hassle, I think this level of state-control and interference is just way too much. Sometimes I just wish they all die or disappear.

By Blogger Faisal, at May 02, 2006 1:33 AM  

you know droubi? seems like everyone does.

By Blogger forsoothsayer, at May 09, 2006 12:45 AM  

very well actually...university

By Blogger Tomanbay, at May 09, 2006 1:10 AM  

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