The new Wadi El-Natrun prison complex in Egypt: a celebration of a “life opportunity” and a mockery of a “government contradiction”, so what is the story?

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In a scene that seemed strange to some, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior celebrated the opening of the largest prison complex in Egypt in the Wadi al-Natrun region, with a song that sparked a wave of criticism on social media.

In a statement on Facebook, the ministry stated that the prison is equipped with modern and comfortable means that guarantee the dignity of the inmates, adding that the aim of its inauguration is to “develop the punitive implementation system in accordance with the principles of the national human rights strategy launched by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi recently.”

Activists and bloggers did not overlook the event, so they caught it with some jokes and a lot of analysis and discussion about prison conditions and public freedoms in Egypt.

On the other hand, the Egyptian media devoted part of its paragraphs to cover the opening of the prison complex, which it preferred to call the “Reform and Rehabilitation Center”.