US secretary of state John Kerry met Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday of last week to promise the unblocking of US military aid.
He said that ten Apache helicopters “will come, and they’ll come very very soon”.
As Kerry was assuring el-Sisi of US support and millions of dollars for his brutal regime, a court confirmed hanging sentences to 180 Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
A total of 683 Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death.
On Monday of last week six Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail, and another to ten years. They had reported on Brotherhood protests after the fall of president Mohammed Mursi.
Ten year sentences were also given to one Dutch and two British journalists in absentia.
In protest at the sentences and increasing targeting of those challenging the protest ban, around 250 activists and detainees’ families marched in Cairo last Saturday.
The demo was attacked by plain-clothed thugs with knives, broken bottles and stones and by police firing tear gas.
A total of 37 people were arrested, including Sana Ahmad Seif, the younger sister of jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah. Many suffered beatings in cells.
An international day of action was held last Saturday in solidarity with detainees.
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