Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is furious.
The boomerang fury over the turnover of the Tiran and Sanafir islands has returned with double power. A day ahead of a protest planned for Monday, the president has launched a wave of arrests, another symptom of the weakness of a dysfunctional regime. Friday night was a repeat of the raids carried out by police during the day.
It ended with a dramatic discovery: Khaled Abdel Rahman, an activist from Alexandria, was found deserted along a road on the outskirts of Cairo, his body marked with signs of torture. He’s still alive, his sister Reem reported to Middle East Eye, but he’s hospitalized in intensive care.
“His body is full of signs of torture and beatings, electric shocks to the genitals,” she wrote on Facebook, adding that Rahman had been arrested the day before by the police during a search of their home. A passerby found him in the ditch, an image that calls to mind the discovery of the Italian scholar Giulio Regeni in February.