Excerpt: "The Egyptian Human Rights body said that the 18 months after Morsi was ousted had been the most violent in the country in 30 years."
A torn poster of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is pictured as riot police clear the area of his supporters at Rabaa Adawiya Square, where the protesters had been camping, in Cairo August 14, 2013. (photo: Reuters)
2,600 Killed After Ousting of Mohamed Morsi
01 June 15
The Egyptian Human Rights body said that the 18 months after Morsi was ousted had been the most violent in the country in 30 years.
ore than 2,600 people died in Egypt in the 18 months after the military takeover from the first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Mohamed Fayeq, the head of the government-sanctioned National Council for Human Rights, told reports Sunday.
He added that most of those fallen were members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party in Egypt, now labeled a terrorist group and banned by the junta regime. Fayeq also said that more than 700 policemen were among those killed.
Fayeq was referring to the period between June 30, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014, in which the military government led by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi unleashed a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood party and its supporters. In the weeks after his ouster, Morsi's supporters organized regular protests and sit-ins across the country amid large-scale crackdown by the authorities.
However, the clampdown climaxed when more than 600 civilians died in one day after organizing a sit-in in front of the Rabaa mosque on Aug. 14, 2013 against the military coup by then army chief el-Sissi. The police and members of the armed forces used live ammunition against the protesters leaving hundreds dead and arresting thousands.
During the same period, el-Sissi's regime also arrested secular left-wing activists who came out against the coup and were behind the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
An appeals court in the coast city of Alexandria Sunday sentenced prominent activist and rights lawyer Mahienour el-Masry to 15 months in jail for her part in a demonstration by lawyers against police brutality three months before Morsi's ouster.
According to the Egyptian Youm7 daily, Naser Ameen, another member of the council, said that the 18 months after Morsi was ousted had been the most violent in Egypt in 30 years. He added that the same period had seen the most human rights abuses as part of the military courts for civilians that were set up specifically for this period by the junta regime.
The report comes two weeks after Egypt sentenced Morsi to the death sentence over espionage and his jailbreak during the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in Egypt. Human rights groups said that the trial was conducted unfairly. Many members of the Muslim brotherhood have also been sentenced to the death penalty as part of the major government purge against the group.
Meanwhile, Mubarak and his aids avoided charges in a trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters during the 18-day revolt that toppled him. Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison over corruption charges.
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