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Egypt: Lawyers Say Police Rounded Hundreds Over Protests

Voice of America
23 Sep 2019, 23:35 GMT+10

CAIRO, EGYPT. - Egyptian rights lawyers say security forces have rounded up hundreds of people following small but rare anti-government protests.

The protests broke out in several Egyptian cities including the capital, Cairo, over the weekend, calling for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down.

All protests were quickly broken up by police. But they marked a startling eruption of street unrest, which has been almost completely silenced the past years by draconian measures imposed under el-Sissi.

Egypt Warns Media to Take Care in Coverage Amid Protests The government effectively banned all public protests in 2013 shortly after el-Sissi led the military's overthrow of the country's first freely elected civilian president in modern history

Lawyers Malek Adly and Khaled el-Masry said Monday security forces had arrested at least 400 people in Cairo and elsewhere across the country.

El-Masry says prosecutors have questioned at least 220 people, over claims that they took part in activities of an outlawed group, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood group, and disseminating false news.

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