Egyptian Police State Rising?

An interesting bit of news concerning what the prosecutors are doing in light of the referendum on December 15th. This could cause some major issues for those who want a long-term democratic society in Egypt:

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered an investigation on Thursday into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The probe by a Morsi-appointed prosecutor was launched a day after the president called for a dialogue with the opposition to heal rifts opened in the bitter fight over an Islamist-drafted constitution just approved in a referendum. The opposition decried the investigation as a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s regime, when the law was used to smear and silence opponents.

The probe was almost certain to sour the already tense political atmosphere in the country.

The allegations were made initially in a complaint by at least two lawyers sent to the chief prosecutor earlier this month. They targeted opposition leaders Mohammed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi. Both Moussa and Sabahi were presidential candidates who competed against Morsi in the last election.

There was no immediate comment by any of the three opposition leaders named but the opposition dismissed the allegations.

Emad Abu Ghazi, secretary-general of the opposition party ElBaradei heads, said the investigation was “an indication of a tendency toward a police state and the attempt to eliminate political opponents.” He said the ousted Mubarak regime dealt with the opposition in the same way.


They cite the fact that there were some violent demonstrations as apparent proof against opposition leaders. Ever is this the big issue of democracy — pinning the issues that plague any group, the actions of a minority within a larger group as the standard by which the leadership goes. In reality, this is not a proper method of analyzing and holding guilty the opposition leaders at all — and we all know it.

Of course, this same villainy can be applied to any political system anywhere where we often see liberals or conservatives point to the actions of minorities within those groups being greatly unflattering. We cannot hear about the Tea Party without someone pointing out that there were violent folks or Nazis in that group, and we cannot hear about some generally mainstream leftist group without hearing about some of the greater absurdity that happens at its lower ranks. These are often used to pollute elections and distort the reality of the situation while the prosecuting group maintains they are doing this for the best interests of everyone.

It reminds me of how Europe handles the far right wing.  But instead of literal prosecutions they just go nuts with their media sources — which I am sure is happening in Egypt as it is.

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