You can be sure,” says Mahfouz, “that the Ministry of Interior takes its orders from the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces.
They are badly paid, badly trained, and threatened with early retirement or a court-martial if they disobey orders, says Mahfouz.
“Mahfouz was relaying the oppression of Amina and her daughters as it existed,” she has said.
The Army and the police “were afraid that if people stayed in Tahrir there would be a second revolution,” says Mahfouz.
Mahfouz describes the first days of postrevolutionary Cairo as having a tenuous calm.