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Egypt .. wide alert in anticipation of demonstrations demanding the downing of Sisi

2019-09-27T11:03:59.746Z



Egyptian police on Friday morning blocked roads leading to Cairo's Tahrir Square, the symbol of the January 25, 2011 revolution, in anticipation of demonstrations that may take place after Friday prayers against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who considered the call to demonstrate "not to worry."

Sources of the island revealed that the authorities closed the metro stations of Sadat, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Ahmed Orabi, just hours before the upcoming demonstrations against Sisi.

Cairo's streets looked almost empty in the morning, after most roads were closed to cars, and entrances to Tahrir Square from all sides were closed to traffic in the morning.

Police have taken intensive security measures across the country, after surprise demonstrations last Friday in Cairo and other cities, calling for the departure of Sisi, the first demonstrations of its kind in nearly four years.

A number of coffee shop owners in downtown Cairo, especially near the big squares, apologized to their customers for the closure on Friday, and staff at the coffee shops cited security instructions not to open or face complete closure and imprisonment.

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According to eyewitnesses, security forces in civilian clothes were deployed in cafes near the major squares. They continued to arrest pedestrians, especially young people, check their identities, search their mobile phones for their personal pages on social media sites, and arrest suspects in their interaction with demonstrations by Mohamed. Ali, a contractor who worked with the army for years before turning to broadcasting videos accusing Sisi, his wife and some army commanders of corruption and wasting public money.

"Revolutionary silence" and arrests
According to the correspondent of Al Jazeera Net, has imposed the same silence on the streets of Egypt on the eve of yesterday, in the so-called "revolutionary silence", where it is likely to be behind the concern of the spread of detectives detectives.

The decline in the number of police forces in large squares was noted at the beginning of Friday night, following an intensive stationing that lasted throughout the past week, a security source interpreted as a breathtaking attempt by the forces to prepare for today's demonstrations, so as not to repeat the police tragedy in the January 2011 revolution, when She remained on constant alert for four days until she collapsed on Fridays on 28 October.

Since Friday's protests, authorities have launched a campaign of arrests that human rights groups say has resulted in the arrest of at least 2,000 people.

But Egypt's public prosecutor said on Thursday that the prosecution had "questioned as many as 1,000 defendants involved in the demonstrations."

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More than 2,000 people have been arrested since the protests took place, including academics and activists, according to two non-governmental organizations, including human rights activist Sameh Saudi who was arrested Friday from his home.

This morning, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, a human rights organization monitoring arrests, "the rise in the number of arrests" since last Friday to 2076.

He pointed out that among these "976 cases have been presented to the prosecution and 1092 cases did not receive any official information about them," pointing out that these last detainees are "1002 male, 74 female and 101 children."

Human Rights Watch confirmed that authorities had arrested "nearly 2,000 people" after last week's demonstrations, blocked "political and media websites, and blocked other Internet services used by protesters to communicate."

Among those recently arrested was Al-Ahram journalist Khaled Daoud, a leader in the Constitution Party, and political science professor at Cairo University, Hazem Hosni and Hassan Nafaa.

In a video posted on his social media accounts this week, Egyptian contractor Mohamed Ali, who lives in Spain and has never worked in politics, called for a massive demonstration for the second consecutive Friday.

Many of the Egyptians transmit the call on their accounts, using a number of Soma, including: # leave_sisy, #sis_mesh_music and #juma_khalas.

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El-Sisi wasted tens of millions of pounds in building palaces and presidential breaks for his and his family's comfort, while Egyptians were being asked to afford the living.

In a country where one in three of its inhabitants lives below the poverty line - according to a recent official study - and where public freedoms have been severely restricted, Mohammed Ali's videos have received widespread attention and spread widely on social media.

Sisi: Don't worry
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told reporters Friday morning upon his arrival in Cairo from New York where he participated in the work of the United Nations General Assembly, "there is no need to worry" about calls to demonstrate against him.

"We cannot deceive the citizens and do not worry. Egypt is a strong country with Egyptians," he said in comments broadcast on local television stations.

Al-Sisi shook hands with a number of people waiting for his return at the airport. He told them, "You are standing here, why? Good morning, what is the correct day?"

The Egyptian media, which support the Egyptian president, is continuing its campaign against calls for demonstrations, warning of "chaos" and accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of being behind all these calls that would, according to them, undermine the stability achieved since Sisi came to power in 2014.

Source: aljazeera

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