The Egyptian Revolution Is the New Taboo; Cartoonist Arrested for Remembering the 2011 Arab Spring Protests

Published January 27th, 2021 - 07:49 GMT
The Egyptian Revolution Is the New Taboo; Cartoonist Arrested for Remembering the 2011 Arab Spring Protests
The video that is believed to have landed Ashraf Hamdi in prison is no longer available online. (Twitter)

Celebrating the 10 anniversary of the Egyptian revolution that overthrew the 30-years-old Mubarak regime, cartoonist Ashraf Hamdi posted a cartoon video online recalling the 2011 Arab Spring protest. Yet, Egyptian police were quick to locate and arrest Hamdi a few hours later.

Egyptian cartoonist posts “I’m getting arrested” in the early hours of the 10th anniversary of the 25th Jan Revolution in Egypt

Posted by Khalid Wad Albaih on Monday, January 25, 2021

The cartoonist, who has the popular Egyptoon YouTube channel followed by over 3 million people, posted a last remark on his Facebook account saying that he was being arrested before he was taken into custody during the early hours of the 25th of January.

Social media users took to Twitter and Facebook calling on authorities to release Hamdi, saying that being pro-revolution should never be a reason for anyone's arrest. They also wondered if his latest 1:30-minute video was the reason he was arrested since it addressed the memory of the revolution.

Translation: "I announce full solidarity with the Egyptian cartoonist and animator Ashraf Hamdi who was arrested for a video in which he remembered the 25 January revolution."

Responding to news of Hamdi's arrest, many Egyptian and Arab cartoonists posted in solidarity with him, urging authorities to stop persecuting artists and free speech.

However, the video that is believed to have landed Ashraf Hamdi in prison is no longer available online. 


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