Egyptian protesters demand release of prisoners

Activists from several youth groups rallied in downtown Cairo to call for the release of "political prisoners" and condemning the extension of the state of emergency for two months.

Egyptian protesters demand release of prisoners

World Bulletin/News Desk

Scores of youth activists staged a rally on Monday in the Egyptian capital to demand the release of what they call "political prisoners", amid verbal exchanges with street vendors.

Activists from several youth groups rallied in downtown Cairo to call for the release of "political prisoners" and condemning the extension of the state of emergency for two months.

They chanted slogans against Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, leading to verbal exchanges and minor clashes with street vendors.

No casualties were reported.

Protesters also chanted slogans against the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's sprawling police apparatus – and carried photos of a number of detainees.

The Egyptian government says there is no political prisoner in Egypt.

Authorities argue that all detainees are being held pending investigation on criminal charges.

Last week, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour extended the country's state of emergency for two months.

The state of emergency gives the authorities the right to use exceptional measures, which include detaining citizens and searching homes and cars without permission from the prosecution.

Egypt has been in the state of turmoil since the army's July 3 overthrow of elected president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his regime.

Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2013, 13:14
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