Social safety valves & experienced dictators

The dispirited remnants of Egypt’s civil society miss the relative openness. Mr Mubarak allowed a bit of space for opposition, as a safety valve and a sop to the West. Mr Sisi has ramped up executions and persecutes even supporters who step out of line. “They were professionals. Now they’re amateurs,” says one activist of those in charge.

—The Economist, in ‘Many Egyptians miss their deposed president, Hosni Mubarak

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