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One of the Leading Activists in Egypt's Protests has Been Arrested

Alaa Abdel Fattah has been arrested by officials just six months after being released from prison.

Since last week, Egypt has been embroiled in anti-government protests calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's resignation. These protests, which are rare under al-Sisi's rule, are in response to a series of videos which were posted online by Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Ali, and showed al-Sisi allegedly using state resources on a variety of luxury accommodation. At least 2000 protesters have been arrested thus far in the Egyptian government's crackdown. Yesterday, Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading activist in the current protests, was arrested by authorities just six months after he was released from prison, according to the BBC.


Abdel Fattah was a leading figure in the 2011 revolution which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak and saw the late Mohamed Morsi become Egypt's first democratically elected president. Following that, Abdel Fattah was arrested for organizing a protest without permission and sentenced to five years in prison and released in March of this year. Part of the the conditions of Abdel Fattah's probation was that he spend his nights in prison cell for a period of five years. Yesterday, Abdel Fattah was arrested by officials on charges of publishing faking news and inciting others to protest, according to Aljazeera. He is reportedly being held at the National Security Agency. His sister, Mona Seif, tweeted the following after his arrest:

Since al-Sisi took over from Morsi six years ago in a military coup, the gathering of ten or more people without permission from the government has been illegal—an effective ban on protests altogether. Although security has been tightened and mass arrests are underway, al-Sisi has downplayed the magnitude of the anti-government protests.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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