Listen: President Abdel Fatah El Sisi, Egypt And Muslim Brotherhood discussed on 24 Hour News
"Now on KCBS American taxpayers, sin more foreign aid to Egypt then to any other nation except Israel. But America's nearly one and a half billion dollars. A year is going to a regime accused of the worst abuses in Egypt's modern history opponents of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi have been imprisoned by the thousands el-sisi has strangled freedom of speech and his troops have murdered protesters. As you might imagine president el-sisi does not do a lot of interviews. And we were surprised when he sat down with us el-sisi was apparently surprised by our questions because his government has asked us not to broadcast his interview. This is an American citizen in two thousand fifteen he was sentenced to life in this prison. His crime was transmitting false news news, which offended the man we met recently in New York, President Abdel Fatah El Sisi. Do you have a good idea of how many political prisoners you're holding? So the nets we don't have the political prisoners, nor prisoners of opinion, we're trying to stand against extremists who impose their ideology on the people now are subject to a fair trial, and it may take years, but we have to follow the law. President the organization Human Rights Watch says that they're sixty thousand political prisoners that you're holding today as we sit here. Other than me. I don't know where they got that figure. I said there are no political prisoners in Egypt. Whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology, we have to intervene, regardless of their numbers mammoth gonna do. The extremists. As he calls them made up Egypt's largest political party, the Muslim Brotherhood. The brotherhood is controversial. It stated goal is peaceful pursuit of Islam at government. But over its ninety years members have committed violence in two thousand thirteen el-sisi outlawed the brothers as terrorists. But President Trump hasn't designated them a terrorist organization, nor did President Obama when Andrew Miller was Egypt director in the national Security Council while individual Muslim brothers clearly have resorted to violence many have left the party before doing so precisely because their discontent with the peaceful gradualist approach of the senior Muslim Brotherhood leadership. The brotherhood was one of Egypt's largest, education charity and healthcare associations. Many members are middle class academics. Doctors and lawyers. Modern history is a cycle of tension. Between generals and the brothers. But this time critics say el-sisi has gone too far CC began by jailing, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist. He extended it to secular opposition groups, and now he's even going after poets and artists and bloggers people. You wouldn't normally think of as political activists or primary public players. Why would he do that? Because he views any opposition to him as a threat to his standing as a threat to his objective. We have to remember he is a military officer. He spent his entire career in the military before he became president. And the idea that someone wouldn't obey or listen to his orders as anathema to el-sisi rose in twenty eleven Arab spring.."