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Egyptian Court Orders Media Gag on Trial of Protesters Arrested During Islands Demonstration

Egyptian Court Orders Media Gag on Trial of Protesters Arrested During Islands Demonstration

Demonstrators on 25 April. Photo: Salma El Saeed
Demonstrators on 25 April. Photo: Salma El Saeed

An Egyptian court has imposed a media gag on the trial of protesters arrested during 25 April protests against Egypt’s recent decision to declare the islands of Tiran and Sanafir as Saudi Arabian.

The court in Dokki, which saw 86 people arrested last week for protesting without a permit on trial, ordered a complete media gag on the case. According to Al-Ahram, the detainees also face charges of joining a terrorist organization, likely in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to Reuters, 237 people are on trial for protesting against the decision on 25 April. Egyptian Streets could not independently verify Reuters’ report, which quotes ‘sources’ as saying that the 237 appeared in four different courts in Cairo and Giza charged with protesting without a permit.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch says that up to 382 people were arrested during the recent demonstrations.

The 25 April protests were largely scattered and quickly broken up by security forces. While many demonstrations were against the decision, some were held in downtown Cairo in support of President Sisi and the transfer of the islands to Saudi Arabia.

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