Facebook pages call for wide electronic protest supporting protest law detainees
Two prominent activists Alaa Abdel Fatah (R) and Mahienour al-Masry (L) - YOUM7 (Archive)
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: Freedom for The Brave Campaign called Wednesday to launch a wide electronic protest on June 27, demanding the release of all detainees over charges related to violating the protest law.

The initiative of the detainees advocate group comes a day before the consideration of the appeal to the verdict issued against activist Mahienour El-Masry, who was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 50,000 EGP, according to the campaign’s Facebook page.

A number of other Facebook pages originally launched to defend the detained activists were calling for writing and blogging to demand the release of Masry and other activists who are standing trial over participating in demonstrations.

The pages called to write “Freedom for Mahienour – Protesting is our right” as comments, personal status, and tweets using the hashtag #FreedomforMahienour as part of the electronic protest.

Among the pages are Freedom for Mahienour, No for Military trials for Civilians, Free Alaa, and Front to Defend Alexandria protesters.

In the wake of the June 30 demonstrations and in response to different incidents and decisions that prompted people to take to the streets, a large number of protesters and activists were arrested and sentenced to prison periods.

Abdel Fatah was sentenced to prison for 15 years on June 11 and fined 100,000 EGP over organizing illegal protests. His sentence was condemned by many human rights organizations that view it as the government’s attempt to eliminate all voices opposing the current regime.

Three April 6 Youth Movement members were sentenced to three years in jail and fined 50,000 EGP for orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers in November 2013.

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