April 6 create human chains demanding release of political detainees
Ahmed Maher, April 6 Youth Movement head - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The April 6 Movement created human chains in Cairo, Giza, and other governorates in the framework of a campaign called “Release Egypt” calling for the release of political detainees and to abolish the protest law, Al-Watan Newspaper reported on Monday.

April 6 Movement members carried signs and banners calling on the government to release political activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel, and Ahmed Doma.

April 6 political bureau member Mohamed Kamal told The Cairo Post Wednesday that the human chains were formed by April 6 in Bolak Dakroor, Imbaba, Nasr City, Heliopolis, and Shubra El-Kheima. Kamal said they would not end their stand until their demands were met.

“We have also economic demands,” Kamal said and that “Release Egypt” campaign also called for lower prices to suit the income of Egyptian citizens.

Kamal said that the movement will suspend its events until the Muslim Brotherhood end their protests, marking the anniversary of the March 19, 2011 referendum.

Strong Egypt Party spokesperson Ahmed Imam told The Cairo Post Wednesday that releasing the Egyptian political detainees will be “an important step toward an inclusive political dialogue.” He urged the Egyptian government to abolish the protest law and release the detainees who are facing trial on charges of organising unauthorised protests.

“The Strong Party forum will hold a three-day forum starting on March 20 to discuss the issue of releasing political detainees,” Imam said.

Eight revolutionary powers announced Monday evening that they staged a number of human chains in some governorates. They demanded the release of detainees who were arrested during  the recent events, including the constitutional referendum and the commemoration of the January 25 Revolution, Al- Ahram News Website reported Wednesday.

On Monday, dozens of Egyptians, including a journalist working for a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper, were each sentenced to one year in jail for protesting against the 2014 constitutional referendum, judicial sources told AFP.

The 10 defendants were arrested on charge  of “attempts to derail the constitutional referendum,” according to AFP.

After the suspension of the constitution approved by ousted president Mohamed Morsi when he was ousted last July, Egypt adopted a new constitution in January 2014.

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