In an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Nation correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous provides an update on the crackdowns against dissent that have defined the three-year anniversary of the revolution. Thousands have been detained, including many prominent journalists and intellectuals, and street violence is rampant. At the same time, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has ruled Egypt since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi last July, appears to be setting the stage for his own presidential candidacy. According to Kouddous, “It’s a dark time for many of the young revolutionaries and activists who had very high hopes three years ago…many of whom are in prison now. It looks like the repressive security state is in ascendancy.”
Allegra Kirkland

Editor’s note: The interview with Kouddous starts at 14:00