CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities have detained greater than 1,100 folks for the reason that weekend, when protests had been held in a number of cities calling on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to give up, human rights displays stated on Wednesday.
Defying a ban on protesting with out a allow, tons of took to the streets in Cairo and different cities on Friday in response to requires protests in opposition to alleged authorities corruption. The protests continued within the Pink Sea metropolis of Suez on Saturday.
Gamal Eid, head of the Arab Community for Human Rights Info, stated his personal group and two others — the Egyptian Middle for Financial and Social Rights and the Egyptian Fee for Rights and Freedoms — had collectively documented greater than 1,100 arrests.
The inside ministry couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Hazem Hosny, a former spokesman for the short-lived 2018 presidential marketing campaign of ex-military chief of employees Sami Anan, was detained on Tuesday night, stated Mustapha Kamel Al Sayyid, a fellow professor at Cairo College, citing Hosny’s household.
Sayyid additionally stated Hassan Nafaa, a outstanding author who additionally teaches at Cairo College, has been lacking since 1500 GMT on Tuesday, citing Nafaa’s household.
Sisi got here to energy after main the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected chief, following mass protests in opposition to him in 2013.
Protests in Egypt have been uncommon below Sisi, who has overseen a broad crackdown on dissent that rights activists say is essentially the most extreme within the nation’s trendy historical past.
Sisi’s supporters say robust measures had been essential to stabilize Egypt after the turmoil that adopted the 2011 rebellion that toppled former strongman Hosni Mubarak.
The protests have rattled monetary markets, with the Egyptian inventory market’s foremost index falling practically 11% in buying and selling between Sunday and Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, the Arabic hashtag “Sisi will not be my president” was trending with greater than 40,000 tweets. A number of Twitter hashtags have been used to rally help for the protests, whereas pro-Sisi hashtags have additionally appeared.
The protests befell after a former civilian contractor for the navy, Mohamed Ali, posted a collection of movies accusing Sisi and the navy of corruption. Sisi dismissed the allegations as “lies and slander”.
Ali has referred to as for mass protests on Friday.
Reporting by Yousef Saba; Modifying by Aidan Lewis and Giles Elgood