220 Egyptian anti-coup protesters given 7-year jail terms

The sentences were handed down to the activists by three courts in the northern coastal Nile Delta city Alexandria.

220 Egyptian anti-coup protesters given 7-year jail terms

World Bulletin / News Desk

220 anti-coup protesters in Egypt have all been sentenced to a minimum of 7 years in prison for participating in illegal protests.

The sentences were handed down to the activists by three courts in the northern coastal Nile Delta city Alexandria.

Protests have been intensifying across the country since elected president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power in a military coup on July 3.

Demonstrations have especially after the entire military-backed interim government submitted its resignation to the interim president Adly Mansour yesterday.

Many fear that the mass resignations may be a prelude to coup mastermind Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi revealing his candidacy to become the next president.

Meanwhile, protests continued in Alexandria, where protesters formed a human chain in the city's Burg al-Arab district.

Demonstrators flashed the four-fingered "Rabaa salute" in memory of hundreds of Morsi supporters killed last August when their protest camps in Cairo and Giza were violently dispersed by security forces.

Protesters also staged a rally in Morsi's home province of Sharqiya to call for the ousted president's reinstatement.

In the canal city of Ismailia, meanwhile, the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy staged a "motorbike protest" to demand the release of political detainees.

Tuesday's rallies came in response to the alliance's calls for a week of protests starting Friday to mark the anniversary on February 21 of Egypt's 1946 student uprising against the British occupation.

 

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