April 6 Movement members detained over call for mass strike
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: The prosecution ordered a 15-day detention pending trial for six members of April 6 Youth Movement over charges of calling for a nationwide civil disobedience June 11, al-Masry al-Youm reported Tuesday.

The defendants were arrested Sunday for possessing leaflets that call for a mass strike “to protest deteriorating economic conditions and lack of freedom,” according to the movement’s Facebook page.

The defendants denied the charges.

“We remain steadfast in our call to the Egyptian people to stay home on June 11 and to boycott all government bodies and institutions,” April 6 said in a statement.

Seven other members of the movement also arrested Sunday were released Tuesday on bail, security sources told al-Masry al-Youm.

The call for a nationwide strike came after the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters upheld May 31 an earlier sentence that banned the movement and ordered the confiscation of its properties and headquarters nationwide.

It also coincides with the first anniversary of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration.

The April 6 Youth Movement was launched in 2008 as a Facebook group to support laborers in Mahalla, an industrial town in the Nile delta, who were planning a strike on April 6.

Since the January 25 Revolution in 2011, April 6 members have been undecided as to how the group should move forward and whether or not it should become directly involved in politics or remain an pressure group. Hence, the group has splintered into different factions.

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