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Egypt Prosecution Orders Detention of 6 People for ‘Illegally Protesting’ Fuel Price Hike

Egypt Prosecution Orders Detention of 6 People for ‘Illegally Protesting’ Fuel Price Hike

Archival Photo: 6th October Bridge

Kasr al Nile prosecution has ordered on Sunday the detention of six people for four days pending investigations into illegally protesting against the latest fuel price hike with parking their cars on October bridge, according to Ahram Online news website.

The defendants were arrested, from their homes, after participating in the Thursday demonstration by parking their cars on a Cairo bridge.

It is also reported that they are being investigated for allegedly being members of a Facebook page that is inciting protests against the fuel price hike.

On Thursday, The Council of Ministers of Egypt approved petrol new price list imposed on gasoline, diesel and butane gas starting Thursday.

While about 30 percent of Egypt’s population lives below the poverty line, the second round of fuel price increase would make Egyptians struggle even more in attempts to cope with the new price hikes.

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Engy Adham is a Cairo-based journalist. She works as the managing editor at Egyptian Streets. She reports on social issues and arts and culture. Previously published in Daily News Egypt, Ahram Online among others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science from The American University in Cairo. Follow her on @J_Adham_

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