News

Protests Break Out in Egypt’s State Council Ahead of Ruling on Red Sea Islands Decision

Protests Break Out in Egypt’s State Council Ahead of Ruling on Red Sea Islands Decision

Photo: Mohamed Nassar via Facebook
Photo: Mohamed Nassar via Facebook

A small protest broke out inside Egypt’s State Council, where lawyers and activists are awaiting the court’s decision in the Red Sea islands case.

According to Facebook user Mohamed Nassar, protestors inside the State Council are chanting slogans such as “Awad sold his land,” a reference to an Egyptian song about a farmer who sold his land, and “Bread, freedom, these islands are Egyptian,” which is a play on one of the most popular chants from Egypt’s January 25, 2011 revolution.

 

The Administrative Court is currently looking into an appeal from Egypt’s government against the Court’s decision to annul the controversial border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia that resulted in Egypt ceding control of two Red Sea islands.

Egypt’s Cabinet announced in April that Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed the demarcation agreement following six years of negotiations and that the two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, fell within Saudi Arabian territory.

The announcement quickly sparked widespread controversy, with many lambasting the Egyptian government for carrying out the negotiations “in secret,” and others saying that the government sold part of Egypt’s land in return for Saudi Arabian aid.

Former presidency candidate Khaled Ali, along with rights lawyers Malek Adly and Tarek Al-Awady had filed a complaint against the handover of the Red Sea islands after gathering thousands of petitions. Adly was later arrested over charges of “spreading rumors that would disrupt public security” and “harming national unity,” among other charges, and was not released.

Following demonstrations on April 15 and 25 that decried the land transfer, authorities had arrested hundreds of protesters, sentencing 152 of them to two to five years of imprisonment, and collecting fines worth 4.7 million EGP. Others were arrested by security forces from their homes and from cafés in anticipation of the April 25 protests.

Last week, however, an Egyptian court acquitted 22 protesters who had been accused of illegally protesting and assembling against the decision to transfer the islands.

 

Egypt Court Adjourns Red Sea Islands Appeal Case
Egypt Unable to Retrieve Data from EgyptAir MS804 Black Boxes, Enlists French Help

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

1073779_big-lnd

Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary Makes African Cup History

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 18, 2017
pol

Eight Policemen Killed in Attack in Egypt’s New Valley

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 17, 2017
Tiran Island

Egypt High Court Declares Void Transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 16, 2017
Top-best-hd-wallpapers-dubai-skyline-hd-wallpapers-imagen-by-balamuda

Egyptians Invest EGP 13 Billion in Dubai Real Estate in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 15, 2017
A pharmacist searches for medicine at a pharmacy in Cairo, Egypt, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Medicine Prices in Egypt Increased by up to 20%

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 13, 2017
Navy officers appear to be handing out water bottles to a group of refugees who were prevented from illegally migrating in September 2015. Credit: Military Spokesman

Egypt Prevents 12,192 from Illegally Migrating in 2016

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
Photograph released by the Ministry of Antiquities

3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tombs Unearthed in Aswan

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
egypt-taba-beach-movenpick-resort

Egypt Introduces New Security Measures for Everyone Travelling to South Sinai

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.