Trial Outcomes for the 2013 Rabaa and Nahda Protests


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Protesters in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt 2013.

Renee Chaples, Editor in Chief

Back in the Summer of 2013 in Egypt, nearly 900 people were killed in a protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Along with the deaths, there were over 700 people arrested. Five years later, on September 8, 2018 those who were arrested finally received their sentences. Out of 700 people originally arrest, 75 are faced with the death sentence and dozens more were given time behind bars.


The protest started after the Egyptian Government banned the Muslim Brotherhood from the country. The plan was to have a peaceful sit-in, however, once forces responded to the protest they were met with armed protesters and violence. According to The Independent, a worldwide news source, “Of the hundreds who were killed, six were from the security services while the others were protesters.”


The Official statistics say that while 75 were sentenced to be hung, there were also 47 people given life-sentences, and 612 people were given jail time ranging from five to fifteen years. Any remaining charges were dropped after the convicts died before the official hearing.


Now, the aftermath has divided the remaining residences of Cairo. Some support the sentencing while other are completely against the death sentence. Their argument is that the responding police were not held responsible for the hundreds of deaths they caused so why are people being killed for a violent protest. Najia Bounaim, a North African campaign director at Amnesty International, stated, “We condemn today’s verdict in the strongest terms… The fact that not a single police officer has not been brought to account for killing of at least 900 people in the Rabaa and Nahda protest shows what a mockery of justice this trial was.” Although the sentences were all given the ability to be repealed, this did not erase the shock and disgust for those against the rulings of Cairo’s Criminal Court.


In recent years it has been difficult to come by peaceful protests, and even protest that started out with intentions of being peaceful were turned to violence and tragedies.