Egypt steps up security ahead of planned protests

Egyptian officials have stepped up security in Cairo ahead of planned "Ultras" protests.

Egypt steps up security ahead of planned protests
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Egyptian authorities have stepped up security in central Cairo in anticipation of a planned protest march by the "Ultras" – hardcore fans of Egypt's Ahly football club – to demand the release of group members arrested last month.

In a Friday statement on its Facebook page, the Ultras Ahlawy urged members to demonstrate outside the High Court of Justice in central Cairo to demand the release of 25 group members arrested during clashes with security forces in mid-October outside Cairo International Airport.

At least 19 people were injured last month when police moved in to disperse about 600 Ultras Ahlawy members who tried to enter the airport's arrival hall to greet Egypt's national handball team as it returned from Morocco after losing the African Cup final to Tunisia's Esperance.

"The protest has one objective: release of the innocent," the group declared in its statement.

Last Mod: 06 Kasım 2013, 15:26
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