'You Worked With Him Before!': Why Don't Egyptians Believe Biden's Threat to Their President?

Published July 16th, 2020 - 12:36 GMT
'You Worked With Him Before!': Why Don't Egyptians Believe Biden's Threat to Their President?
Egypt is estimated to have about 60k political prisoners, many of whom are held without charges or trial. (AlBawaba)

Responding to news of the recent release of an Egyptian-American student from jail, after more than a year of arrest for protesting in Cairo with a "Freedom for all prisoners" sign, Democratic presidential nominee tweeted with an unusual threat to the Egyptian president.

24-years old Mohamed Amashah has made it home to the US safely after spending near 500 days in prison. According to the Guardian, Egypt is estimated to have about 60k political prisoners, many of whom are held without charges or trial.

Tweeting news of Amashah's release, presidential nominee Joe Biden slammed Egyptian policies "Arresting, torturing, and exiling activists" and named several well-known previously arrested activists. Biden ended his tweet with a new-of-its-kind threat to the Egyptian president, saying that being"Trump's favorite dictator; he'll no longer have blank checks."

Pro-Sisi commentators launched a heavy attack on the former US VP, calling him an operative for the Muslim Brotherhood, the group ousted from Egypt by Al-Sisi in 2013.

While it was hailed by many Egyptians who oppose Al-Sisi, Biden's tweet stirred an online debate on whether his concern with human rights in Egypt is genuine or a mere elections' stunt, especially that he was Barack Obama's Vice President when Al-Sisi assumed power in what has been controversially termed "a military coup" in July 2013 and didn't seem to mind political arrests back then.

Many social media users took the chance to remind Biden of US long-standing policies towards the Middle East, supporting other regimes that violate human rights, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, hoping that he will consider major changes towards these countries, in case he was elected as a US president next November.


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