126 giorni. Lo sciopero della fame di Alaa non si ferma #FreeAlaa

… e il digiuno solidale di 24 ore ciascuno prosegue in Italia, ininterrotto da oltre due mesi. Oggi in solidarietà con Alaa digiunano Elena Pradella e Stefano Falchetta, che hanno aderito con una email a info@invisiblearabs.com. 

“Che sull’Egitto non si esercitino pressioni più forti persino per fare così poco [cioè liberare qualche prigioniero politico e migliorare le condizioni di detenzione] è una macchia morale che non può essere giustificata dalla Realpolitik”

Zeynep Tufekci è una sociologa e una scrittrice. Si occupa di nuove tecnologie ed è un’opinionista del New York Times. E sul New York Times del 2 agosto ha firmato  un commento intitolato “I Wish I Could Ask Alaa Abd el-Fattah What He Thinks About the World Now”

Le sue parole descrivono in modo molto efficace la questione di fondo, mentre oggi Alaa Abd-el Fattah raggiunge il giorno 126 del suo sciopero della fame:

“Alaa’s treatment is an indication of how little care there is left in the world. He’s internationally known, a British citizen, described by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience who has been unjustly imprisoned. There have been opinion essays and calls from human rights organizations — to no avail.

One need not be naïve about international politics to understand why this is so devastating. We know that many countries with stated commitments to democracy and human rights routinely cut deals with terrible regimes because of their strategic goals or for access to resources or cooperation.

But here, though, countries professing to care about human rights are the ones with leverage, as Egypt depends on foreign aid, trade and tourism to keep its economy going, and there’s no reason it can’t release a few political prisoners and improve prison conditions, even if just for appearance’s sake, since it would pose no threat to the regime.

That Egypt is not pushed harder to do even this little is a moral stain that cannot be justified by realpolitik.

In November, Egypt will host a global climate change conference. About 120 world leaders, including President Biden, went to the last one, in Scotland. They could, at least, ask for progress before showing up for this one and acting as if all is fine.

Britain could declare no high-level representatives will attend unless their wrongly imprisoned citizen Alaa Abd el-Fattah is allowed to leave. Unfortunately, Britain is embroiled in a political crisis, making U.S. leadership even more important”.