22 June 2014

Egypt: Security Forces Arrest Protesters & Journalists in an Anti-Protest Law March

press release

Cairo — Today, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned Egyptian security forces' arrest of a number of protesters and journalists in a protest march that was against the Protest Law.

Egyptian security forces yesterday, Saturday June 21, attacked a demonstration that was organized by some revolutionary movements in order to reject the notorious Protest Law. The demonstration came in the framework of the protest marches that were staged in a number of capitals including Paris, London, Berlin and New York, during a day that the activists call the "International Day of Solidarity with Egyptian Detainees". Following the attack on the protest, which was moving towards El-Itihadiya in Cairo, the security forces arrested scores of protesters, including three journalists. They are Samer Amr- journalist at Al-Shorouk newspaper- Abdel Rahman Mohamed- photojournalist for ElBadil newspaper- and Ahmed Ghonim- a photojournalist for Al-Watan newspaper. Among the detainees was Sana'a Saif, sister of political activist "Alaa Abdel Fattah". Later, the journalists were released, while the protesters are still kept in detention.

23 defendants are currently interrogating before Heliopolis Prosecution, they are:

1- Sana'a Saif

2- Mohamed Ibrahim

3- Moatez Mohamed Mansour

4- Salwa Aboud Ali

5- Yara Refaat Mohamed

6- Mohamed Al-Saeed Al-Sayyed

7- Fekrya Mohamed Mohamed

8- Amr Ahmed Mohamed

9- Mohamed Ahmed Youssif

10- Hanan Mustafa Yousif

11- Nahed Sherif Abdel-Hamid

12- Islam Tawfiq Mohamed

13- Ahmed Samir Mahmoud

14- Mohamed Anwar Mosad

15- Mahmoud Hossam Hussein

16- Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Saeed

17- Islam Mohamed Abdel-Hamid

18- Bassam Mohamed Ali

19- Yasser Saeed Fadl

20- Karam Mustafa Yasin

21- Moamen Mohamed Radwan

22- Saeed Ibrahim Mahmoud

23- Mohamed Al-Sayyed Al-Arabi

"Egyptian authorities still adopt their repressive practices against protesters who announce their rejection of the notorious Protest Law through using their natural right to express their views. The authorities also still use this law to silence the opposition, and in order to pile up the prisons with prisoners.

ANHRI calls on Egyptian authorities to release all detainees who were arrested during El-Itihadiya march, and also to release all those who were detained over the notorious Protest Law. Additionally, all the charges against them should be dropped. ANHRI reiterates its calls to eradicate this repressive Protest Law and to respect the citizens' right to peacefully express their views.

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