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article imageEgyptian farmer named donkey after army chief, got arrested

By Anne Sewell     Sep 23, 2013 in World
Cairo - It seems you must be careful what you name your animals in Egypt these days, as a farmer in southern Egypt is taken into custody for giving his donkey a military chief's name, as well as a military hat.
Egyptian state media reported that Omar Abul-Magd was arrested late on Friday after he rode the donkey through the town in Qena province.
His crime was insulting General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, who led the military-backed ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July.
The overthrowing of Morsi followed nationwide protests against the leader, but now protests are more against the intensified crackdown on critics of the military since Morsi’s ouster.
Eight other Egyptians have reportedly been detained for spraying anti-military graffiti and earlier in the week, a military court sentenced five pro-Morsi supporters to three years in prison for chanting against the army.
El-Sisi is considered to be the most powerful man in the country, but opponents have accused him of being a murderer for leading the military coup which sparked subsequent deadly protests.
The new crackdown on protesters comes despite a decree issued in August by Egypt’s interim head of state, Adli Mansour, which declared Egyptians no longer face prison for insulting the president.
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