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24 Nubian Protesters Released in Aswan

24 Nubian Protesters Released in Aswan

Archival photo of Nubian activists holding signs in a call for the return to their land.
The 24 Nubian proters have been released by the Emergency State Security Misdemeanor Court in Aswan, pending trial on December 12, according to lawyer Ragia Omran.
The Nubian protestors have been arrested on September 2 following a singing march and have been accused of illegal protesting.
The protesters held a march in Aswan as they were chanting and holding signs calling for the return to their lands.
Aswan’s prosecution ordered on Monday the arrest of the protesters for four days pending investigations on charges of inciting violence, illegally protesting and disrupting public security, according to Ahram Online.
Since then, they have been arrested and charged with illegal protesting, inciting protests, and chanting against the state.

Moreover, a number of Nubian activists have been arrested, on November 7, protesting the death of prominent Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, for ‘medical negligence’ following a diabetic coma.

Sorour was among the 24 Nubian activists who were arrested in September during the singing march.

About 223 detainees went on a hunger strike over different times during last month in protest to their prolonged pretrial detention periods.

The Nubians’ call to return back to their land date back to the 19th century. They were forcibly displaced in 1898 amid plans for building the Aswan Dam and again in 1964 during the construction of the High Dam.

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