Cafe Interrogation in #Egypt by @jmayton

Joseph Mayton relates a harrowing story of police harassment in Egypt. A must read for anyone interested in the treatment of foreigners in Egypt and the continued power of the authorities.
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Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Police officer comes into cafe where I am working, asks me where I am from. Asks for camera. Says it isn't safe and leaves. #Egypt
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
He had a smirk on his face. Seemed more like a joke, but after those "foreigner" rumors yesterday, a bit unnerving
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
The continued xenophobia in #Egypt right now is not a good thing. Police officers just questioning ppl in cafes now? Not ideal
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Officer comes back in and asks me what I do and why I am in #Egypt
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
"I am married to an Egyptian." he replies "why don't you marry your own people?" - simply shocking
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
He leaves, but it is not fun to say the least.
Mohammed Yahia @MohammedY
@jmayton You should've told him it is none of his business. Officer or not, there is absolutely no reason he asking that no matter what
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
@MohammedY yeah, but I don't have my passport on me and didn't want to antagonize. Horrible. It's just stupid on the police part
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Police coming into a cafe to question anyone on why they are there is wrong to say the least. after yesterday, it just increases tension
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Another two officers now talking with cafe worker, pointing at me. Cafe worker shaking head. Appears to tell them off. "No problem," he says
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Random plainclothes dude comes in, asks for my wife's name. I refuse. He says "I am police, you tell me" - I refuse.
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Asks for my passport. I tell him to please leave. (all in English mind you - not going to speak any Arabic). He says "police are in power"
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
And: "be careful, you are smoking when you should fast. Trouble." His English is so bad.
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Group of officers now standing watching. Very strange
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Waiting to see what happens next.
Mohammed Yahia @MohammedY
@jmayton Joe where are you? This is all too worrying
miloflamingo @miloflamingo
@Sarahcarr @MohammedY @jmayton An older (in her late 70's) American friend has been approached three times lately. Suspects secret police.
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
@MohammedY Am at damn Pottery Cafe in Zamalek. Come here everyday. Police have left, but not before I got the "Finger" in my direction
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
@MohammedY It appeared that a general came and told them off. Not an ideal way to start the morning that's for sure
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Thankfully, I didn't have to give any information about my family or in-laws. I know that would have been bad. For now, it appears over
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
@miloflamingo @Sarahcarr @MohammedY This questioning of "foreigners" is ridiculous. it's an excuse to show power
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Now, two plain dressed men sitting at the table next to me, watching the computer. And they call us "spies" - Uff
Joseph Mayton @jmayton
Going to leave this place now and head to another cafe. Police have just stopped a group of tourists outside and asked for their IDs
Mohammed Yahia @MohammedY
@jmayton Just take care they don't translate this as "suspicious behaviour" from you if you are being watched or something
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