24 arrested during “peaceful” protest at Ithadeya
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7

CAIRO: Four April 6 Youth Movement members were arrested Saturday while participating in a “peaceful” protest at Ithadeya against the protest law, April 6 Movement said in a Sunday statement.

Security forces arrested 24 under “the only charge of demanding the release of the detainees and they became the detained ones,” the statement continued.

The Abdeen court ruled to ban the activities of April 6 Movement on April 28 and seized its headquarters after a lawsuit demanded suspending and banning their activities for “defaming Egypt’s image and working for other countries.”

The Rebels Front organized a march Saturday from Al-Ahram metro heading to Ithadeya calling to abolish the protest law and to release the detainees.

Security forces eventually fired tear gas and birdshots to disperse the clashes that occurred between the members of the rebels Front and anonymous personnel who attacked the march on its way to Ithadeya.

Security forces arrested a number of protesters Saturday, detained them in Central security vehicles to send them to Masr al-Gedida police stations, Youm7 reported.

Seven girls and 17 boys were detained at Masr al-Gedida police station on Sunday and they will be transferred to Masr al-Gedida prosecution, according to novelist AAhdaf Soueif, who is also detainee Alaa Abdel Fatah’s aunt.

Mona Seif, Alaa Abdel Fatah’s sister, said on her Twitter account that the three journalists were arrested during the protest but were released.

Social media users circulated pictures of “armed thugs attacking the march” published by Youm7. The photos show people with sticks and batons in front of police vehicles at the protest.

@TaherMukhtar tweeted: Police, thugs violently disperse #NoProtestLaw march.

@Lilianwagdy tweeted: Several counts now indicate that #NoProtestLaw march has been dispersed by police and thugs

Social media activists claimed that the protests coincided with the international day of solidarity with #EgyDetainees Saturday.

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