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Gays in Egypt Observing Increased Arrests by Government

Recent arrests in Egypt have the gay community there very worried, the Guardian reports:

EgyptActivists interviewed by the Guardian said they had documented up to nine raids across the country since October 2013 – an unusually high rate of arrests. Most significantly, at least seven raids have seen people arrested at home rather than at parties or known meeting places, raising concerns that the community is facing the start of a targeted crackdown.

The latest and most concerning raid saw four men seized from their east Cairo apartment on 1 April within hours of signing the lease, according to activists. Within a week, the four were given jail terms of up to eight years – sentences unusual for both their length and the speed at which they were handed down.

No one seems to be sure of the reason behind the increasing arrests but there are a few hypotheses:

 Some think the raids are simply another example of the aggression aimed at all kinds of dissidents in recent months. Also, several of the raids may have been caused by complaints from neighbours, rather than instigated by the state itself.

...Many wonder if the government wants to assure a largely homophobic Egyptian society that – despite ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer – they can be as conservative as the man they replaced. April's arrests, for instance, came soon after a police chief announced a special taskforce to arrest atheists.

or...Another explanation is that widespread coverage of the raids would help distract the public from the government's failings – much as the media storm sparked by the 2001 arrest of 52 men at the Queen Boat, a gay nightclub in Cairo, did for Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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  1. Yes Egypt,tourism is practically dead there so do more to completely kill it.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 17, 2014 11:44:55 AM

  2. Yep, it's always reason number THREE. The government f.cks up so blame the homos....take attention away from the government's failure, and blame the homos or Jews or Blacks or Latinos or Gypsies or seniors on medicare, etc.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 17, 2014 11:56:26 AM

  3. LOL, your explanation is Egypt "ousted" the Islamist and is now LESS Islamist? Well no wonder you're shaking your head at gay persecution on the rise in Egypt.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 17, 2014 1:20:09 PM

  4. And we give this government aid?

    Posted by: David | Apr 19, 2014 6:29:47 AM

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