Mahienour goes on hunger strike, more activists follow suit
Mahienour el-Masry - YOUM7/Ahmed Azab

CAIRO: Award-winning activist Mahienour el-Masry went on a hunger strike Sunday in solidarity with those jailed on grounds of violating the 2013 Protest Law, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said Monday.

Prominent activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah also began a hunger strike Aug. 18, and fellow activists Hamada al-Nubi, Wael Metwalli and April 6 Youth Movement’s Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel will go on hunger strikes one after another demanding their release, according to the Freedom for the Brave Facebook page.

Abd el-Fattah, Nubi and Metwalli are detained in the same case and were handed a 15-year sentence for rioting, sabotaging public property and resorting to violence against security forces.

On Saturday, 11 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi refused to eat after being held on remand for over five months at Giza Police Station, ANHRI said.

Two undergraduate students detained in Fayoum Prison also went on hunger strike on Saturday, according to a handwritten letter to the prison warden published by Freedom for the Brave Sunday.

The students cited the public prosecution’s “intransigence” in renewing their pre-trial detention, given that their last court hearing was three months ago.

They have been detained for seven months on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, recognized as a “terrorist group” in Egypt, Freedom for the Brave said.

Egyptian-American Mohamed Sultan, detained for a year without a trial, has been on a hunger strike for over 210 days. Sultan, son of an Islamist preacher with ties to the MB, was arrested last August in the wake of the forcible dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.

August also marked one year in prison for Ibrahim al-Yamani, detained on grounds of illegal protesting around al-Fatah Mosque a few days after the Rabaa dispersal. Yamani, a senior medical student, has been on hunger strike for over 120 days in objection to his detention.

Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy was released on medical grounds in June after 148 days on hunger strike. He was arrested during the Rabaa dispersal on charges of protesting illegally and blocking public roads.

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