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Police there had printouts of his chat history that were taken from his phone after the arrest.
They beat him regularly and made sure the other inmates knew what he was in for.
“It becomes hard to discriminate what’s private and what’s public.” As a result, channels for private communications like dating apps Grindr and Hornet are particularly important here.
And to different extents, both platforms feel that they have some responsibility for keeping their users safe.
The condoms he had brought were entered as evidence.
He would spend the next 11 weeks in detention, mostly at the Doqi police station.Homosexuality isn’t illegal in Egypt, but the LGBTQ community has become a useful scapegoat for the el-Sisi regime, and the General Directorate for Protecting Public Morality is being used to jail and prosecute anyone perceived as committing a transgression.Even when the charges don’t stick, charges can be used as a pretense for public humiliation, weeks of imprisonment, or even deportation.The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has documented more than 230 LGBTQ-related arrests from October 2013 to March 2017, which is more than in the previous 13 years combined.For those in the community, the threat of violence is hard to escape.