We have no choice but to join the empty stomach battle: Ahmed Maher
Activist Ahmed Maher during the trial - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: 6 April Movement leading member Ahmed Maher has joined the hunger strike as of Monday Sep.15, he announced in a letter he wrote from prison published Wednesday.

“I, Ahmed Maher, announce that I’m joining the hunger strike as a final solution, after trying everything else. Today we don’t have anything to do but joining the empty stomach battle, only the body to fight with.”

Maher called on all prisoners in jail for violating the protest law to “join the battle”, saying “we’ve had enough.”

Maher wrote the judiciaries’ bodies are working according to instructions by the executive authority, which “does not want any kind of calming with the youth,” adding, “they don’t understand the language of communication, and they don’t accept opposition.”

Maher’s decision follows others activists who announced that they would join the hunger strike as a part of a wide campaign going on for about a month.

Activist Mohamed Sultan has been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days; he is accused of involvement in the operations room of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, and “directing the movements of the Muslim Brotherhood, spreading chaos in the country.”

One of Mohamed’s relatives, Sara Sultan, said during a conference last June that Mohamed has American nationality, and that he was arrested after security forces came to the house to arrest his father (Salah Sultan, a well-known Muslim brotherhood leader member), but they couldn’t find him, so they arrested his son Mohamed instead.

Despite the Monday release of Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohamed Nouby and Wael Metwaly, accused of involvement in protests outside the Shura Council in November 2013, other activists remain in jail and on strike, including Alaa’s sister Sanaa Abdel Fattah.

The Freedom for Brave Facebook page called Tuesday to conduct a symbolic hunger strike for one out of two days (Sept 21 and 22) to show solidarity with detained activist.

A conference against the protest law is scheduled to be held Wednesday in the Press Syndicate.

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