Jailed activists organize gradual hunger strike to demand release
Alaa Abdel Fattah - YOUM7/Kareem Abdel Kareem

CAIRO: Ahmed Doma will participate in a planned hunger strike with other jailed activists Alaa Abdel Fattah, Hamada Al-Noby, Wael Metwaly, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel as announced earlier this week, but will delay his participation due to his poor health, Doma’s wife Nourhan Hefzy wrote on her Facebook page Saturday.

Abdel Fattah will start it, and gradually the other activists are going to follow him, but Doma will be the last, she said.

“Tuesday Aug.19, Tora prison administration banned me to enter to the visit seeing my husband despite having permission from the prosecution, at the same time they threatened the activists that they will ban all visits and transfer them to other prisons. Alaa Abdel Fattah was the only one who started the hunger strike by then, but when these threats happened, the other activists joined him,”Hefzy said.

She added that by Aug.20, the activists had received promises from the Ministry of Interior that all of these threats were not going to happen, “as their rights are saved and no one can violate it”. Later after the ministry promises, the activists ended the first hunger strike except for Alaa Abdel Fattah, as Friday represented his fourth day into his hunger strike.

Doma, Hamada Al-Noby, Wael Metwaly and other jailed activists are expected to start another hunger strike in solidarity with Abdel Fattah, to demand their release, Hefzy wrote.

Abdel Fattah began his hunger strike Monday evening after his father Ahmed Seif El-Islam entered an intensive care unit Sunday.

According to a Tuesday statement by Abdel Fattah’s family on Facebook, he said ” I will not play the role they [security forces] have chosen for me.”

A Facebook page called “Gebna Akherna” or “We’ve had enough” was established by supporters of the activists.

“They will start their hunger strike using #Gebna_Akherna slogan as part of the same named campaign, spread it, this is the less that you can do for them” Hefzy wrote on her FaceBook page.

Abdel Fattah was sentenced June 9 to 15 years in jail over conducting illegal protests outside the Shura Council in November 2013, Youm7 reported.

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