The “patriarch” of the political activist clan was the mother of two imprisoned activists. Faced with the suppression, they refused to accept silence.
Laila Soueif was the first Cairo Hotel to arrive at the meeting place. She smokes. The conversation was very happy. She is the “patriarch” of political activists and often laughs, but her words are very serious. Among the dissidents in power under President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, some have chosen for reasons of caution, caution or silence. She refused to remain silent.
“This is a matter of responsibility. I know that I have strong support from my extended family. I know that I can count on many lawyers who are close to Saif [Ahmed Seif Al-Islam, son mari, avocat et pionnier de la lutte pour les droits de l’homme en Egypte, mort en 2014]. It puts me in a very privileged position. If I don’t speak loudly, who will? “ Laila Soueif, 64, is surrounded by glasses and often interrupts her sentences. Pause before specifying better. “What are you afraid of? I have two children in jail.”, She said with a sad smile.
The 39-year-old boss Alaa Abdel Fattah is one of the faces of the revolution in 2011. He is currently being held in Tora High Security Prison on the outskirts of Cairo and is undergoing pretrial detention. Under judicial supervision, after being sentenced to five years in prison, he was arrested again in the fall of 2019: At that time, there was unexpected opposition to the large-scale repression of protesters and intellectuals, the left or the liberal opposition. Power demonstration.
Sanaa Seif, the 27-year-old youngest film editor, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in March, especially for spreading “false information” related to Covid-19. After demonstrating with her mother and sister in front of Tora prison, she was arrested in the summer of 2020.
As the epidemic spread, Laila and her daughter worried about Allah’s health and demanded the release of political detainees. Mona is the youngest cancer researcher at the age of 35 and has been opposed to military court trials of civilians for the past ten years. He left Egypt on Wednesday, April 14th: She explained on Facebook that it was a temporary departure to re-establish a timetable that was not based on visits to prisons and courts. “Love my mother”, She wrote.