As Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general and coup leader, was listing last week the accomplishments of his two years as president, attorney Maked Adly was counting his first month behind a three-square-meter cell, alone and separated from the rest of the world.
El-Sisi’s list highlighted the eight great infrastructure projects, some of them huge, opened or implemented from 2014 until today. Like the new Suez Canal and the industrial areas surrounding it, or the development project implemented in the Sinai, with brand new farms, roads and residential areas: an expense of over $117 billion, a good part of which was financed by Cairo’s regional and international supporters.
But the list did not mention the mass arrests and the general policy of repressing society, this regime’s true “result,” a “finish-line” never reached before in terms of numbers and pervasiveness. Among the instruments used by Internal Affairs and by Minister Ghaffar, the grise behind the internal oppression campaign, there’s the spasmodic and structural use of isolation.