It used to be different. It used to be that when a single death took place, it would be “news.” During the 18 days of the Tahrir uprising in 2011, I remember how a prominent religious figure in Cairo declared, “If they (the government) lay a finger on a single hair of the protesters, I will resign.” He never did – but just the notion that someone might voluntarily resign their position in protest over a single casualty was significant. It’s not like that anymore. And what’s more – it may not be possible anymore.
The Egyptian paradox
The numbers are not just difficult to capture when it comes to deaths – but when it comes to those arrested and imprisonedH.A. Hellyer