CAIRO: A number of members from the April 6 Youth Movement were arrested Monday evening during the commemoration of its late member Ahmed al-Masry, according to the movement’s Facebook page.
Mohamed Nabil, a member of the political bureau of April 6, told Youm7 Tuesday that 13 members were arrested, and “they did not violate the law.”
April 6’s Facebook page reported Monday that 30 people who were on their way to pay their condolences to Masry’s mother were arrested.
The members were detained for violating the 2013 protest lawoutside Masry’s home in Cairo’s working class district of Beaulac, Youm7 reported.
Masry was shot while filming clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo’s Mohandeseen neighborhood Aug. 14, 2013. He died in a hospital two weeks later on Sept. 1.
The detainees were transported to a Central Security Forces camp and face charges of blocking public roads, organizing an unlicensed assembly, and using fireworks to terrify citizens, according to the Freedom of the Brave Facebook page.
Earlier on Monday, Porto of the People, a campaign affiliated with April 6 that aims to draw attention to deprived neighborhoods, organized an event in Beaulac to shed light on its needs.
Volunteers of the campaign took pictures of piles of trash in the neighborhood and filmed a few residents who complain about overloaded sewers leaking into their homes. The pictures and video were posted on the campaign’s Facebook page.
A group of children in the video, repeating after a member of the campaign, called for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to spend a vacation in “Porto Beaulac.”
A court banned the group last April for defaming the state and espionage; the ruling criminalizes any association with the group. Its founderAhmed Maherand leading member Mohamed Maher are serving three-year prison terms for organizing illegal activities.