International outrage has followed the decision of an Egyptian court to bypass due process, and sentence 528 people to death for their involvement in a riot resulting in the death of a policeman. Although authorities have attempted to downplay the chances of any of these sentences being followed through, it represents the volatility of the current Egyptian state, where prior to these riots, almost a thousand people were killed when security forces attacked two peaceful sit-ins organized by Pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood – which the deposed President belonged to – has been deemed a ‘terrorist organisation’ in an effort to justify violence and arrests. Despite the wave of violence, General Sisi retains a loyal following.

It is ironic however, that even after the imposition of draconian laws against protests, and Sisi’s iron grip on the police, army, judiciary and the media, post-revolution Egyptians have embraced a figure with the potential to be another Hosni Mubarak. They stand to lose their greatest achievement from the revolution – the freedom to demonstrate against tyranny. The tenure of Morsi himself was unpopular due to allegations of corruption, failed promises and aggression against protestors. In simple terms, this is a power struggle between Egypt’s religious and military establishments, and whilst US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claims that Sisi had ‘restored democracy’ (following his dismantlement of Egypt’s first democratically elected government), it is increasingly coming to light that only self-interest guides those at the top. A “what now” moment followed the revolution, in the absence of a real revolutionary policy that could strengthen state and social structures, and it would seem they are only unraveling. Tahrir square was admirable but it is fast seeming like a revolution only in name and intention. Military intervention, rather than democratic process to depose President Morsi, has threatened to derail the revolutionary movement so many Egyptians gave their lives for, and the new military regime looks certain to continue in that same vein.