Protests are rare in today’s Egypt.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has stifled dissent ever since he deposed his predecessor Mohamed Morsi in a military coup six years ago.

However, a government ban on protests has been defied in several cities over the past two nights. 

On Saturday, dozens were reportedly arrested near Cairo’s Tahrir Square where the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime leader Hosni Mubarak unfolded.

El-Sisi has denied allegations made by a former military contractor that he wasted public money building palaces, luxury villas and hotels.

How will the president and the army respond to one of the biggest challenges to their rule so far?

Presenter: Imran Khan 


Amr Magdi – Middle East and North Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch

Tawfik Hamid – Egypt

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