French President Emmanuel Macron asked his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on November 8 for the release of Alaa Abdel Fattah, icon of the 2011 revolution. […] more sensitive”, including that of Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has stopped eating and drinking, said the Head of State during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Climate Conference (COP27) at Charm el-Cheikh.
The fate of Alaa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian-British pro-democracy activist, aged 40, who has been on hunger strike for seven months to protest against his conditions of detention, is causing growing concern. Figure of the 2011 revolution, imprisoned several times since 2006, he no longer swallows any calories since the 1is November and stopped drinking on November 7.
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“President Sissi first of all is committed to ensuring that his health is obviously preserved”, noted Emmanuel Macron, adding: “I say this with great caution, but I hope that the next few weeks and the next months will yield results. The French president asked for “the release” of the detainee, said the Elysée. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, arrested by the family of the activist, also promised to discuss his case with the Egyptian president.
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The French president explained that he raised with his counterpart the fact that Alaa Abdel Fattah “had fought […] for several years in the country, with a lot of courage, including fights that President Sissi himself had been able to share”. He also reiterated his desire not to expand “outside” on his exchanges with President Sissi, judging that it was “much more effective” to achieve results.
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“The last few years have shown that each time I have done this, we have obtained the release of activists, activists […] following express requests that I had been able to make, ”said Emmanuel Macron, in particular with reference to the Egyptian-Palestinian political activist Ramy Shaath.
The latter, coordinator in Egypt of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS, advocating the boycott of Israel in the fight against the occupation of the Palestinian Territories), was released in January 2022 after more than two years of detention for “troubles against the state”. He then joined France where his wife is native.