April 6 Youth Movement protests its banning
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A few hundred members of the April 6 Youth Movement protested at the Press Syndicate Wednesday against a ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banning its activities, and against Egypt’s protest law, Youm7 reported.

Their banners had a sarcastic tone, that read, “We are the April 6 Youth Movement, we are the sound that does not die, we are so happy to be banned”

The court banned on Monday the movement’s activities in Egypt for defamation of the state and espionage, which was decried by the group on its Facebook page.

Amr Ali, a coordinator for the movement, said the ruling “does not represent any threat to the group,” adding that the decision of the court “is a tool of revenge against opposition in Egypt,” CNN Arabic reported. The ban will not prevent the movement from holding demonstrations against the decision and the government, he added. 

The April 6 Youth Movement is one of the largest opposition movements in Egypt, established in 2008 to support textile worker strikes in El-Mahalla El-Kubra. It later played a major role in mobilizing opposition against former President Hosni Mubarak.

Two of its founding members, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, are currently serving three-year prison sentences on charges of violating the protest law, which criminalizes unauthorized protests, and for assaulting police officers.

An appeal against the verdict was turned down on April 7.

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