Egypt’s crackdown: How far will it go?


Protesters chant slogans against the regime in Cairo, Egypt, early Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Dozens of people held a rare protest in Cairo during which they called on Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to quit. Security forces dispersed the protesters and no casualties were reported. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi have led to a nationwide crackdown. Over the last month, at least 2,300 people, including 111 children, have been rounded up and imprisoned.

The latest protests began after allegations of corruption and excess by el-Sisi’s government – began breaking past the nation’s tightly controlled media. In a country where 30 percent of the people live below the poverty line, could this latest conflict spark a new uprising within Egypt?

To help us understand both sides of Egypt’s unrest – and the crackdown on dissent – we were joined by:

  • Ahmed Fathi, who covered the Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising in 2011. He’s currently Managing Editor of American Television News.
  • Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Islamic reformer and author of the book, “Inside Jihad.”