Welcome to Sisi's 'democratic' Egypt, where a homemade music video lands a woman in jail

Published May 26th, 2015 - 10:33 GMT
Here's the results of Sisi's "secular" government, arresting everyday Egyptians over homemade YouTube videos.  (YouTube)
Here's the results of Sisi's "secular" government, arresting everyday Egyptians over homemade YouTube videos. (YouTube)

This week we got more bad news out of Egypt when a woman was arrested essentially for light-twerking in a made-at-home music video she and her boyfriend released on YouTube. 

The girl here is Egyptian Reda el-Fouly, miming and shaking her booty to the voice of singer Mena, in a video she's titled Sib Eddi, Arabic for 'Hands Off.' Check it out below.

El-Fouly's since been arrested by Egyptian authorities and charged with "inciting debauchery,” and we're not sure how many months — or years — such a sentence carries yet.

Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Wael Elsedeki, who also appears in the video, has a warrant out for his arrest. He's rumored to fleeing for Tunisia.

The event follows a particularly harsh crackdown by the Egyptian government that started with the death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, the county's first democratically elected leader. 

Since then, social media and reports have been raging about what, exactly, has become of Egypt since its 2011 uprising. 

This feeling was intensified with el-Fouly's arrest, with social media users firing at the increasinly thin facade of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's "secular" government.



 

 


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