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Hunger strikes tend to work only when governments fear the consequences. Mustafa Kassem’s death in Egypt is a grim example.

Hunger strikes tend to work only when governments fear the consequences. Mustafa Kassem’s death in Egypt is a grim example.
Saturday 18
22:1 2020

In prison, he met Mustafa Kassem, a fellow Egyptian American who had been swept up in mass arrests while visiting family in Cairo. But when Soltan was freed, Kassem was not released alongside him. On Monday, after Kassem staged his own hunger strike that lasted more than a year, the New York taxi driver and father of two young children died in Egypt of apparent heart failure. AD AD Kassem was held for five years in pretrial detention and then sentenced in 2018 to 15 years behind bars on charges that he took part in protests against the Egyptian government. ...

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Summary: Egyptian prisons hold tens of thousands of political prisoners.

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