Journalists stage protest march, sue interior minister over April 25 arrests
Egyptians shout slogans against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a protest against the decision to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, lawyers and witnesses said Friday, April 22. 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

CAIRO: Dozens of journalists on Thursday staged a march from the Journalists’ Syndicate to the High judiciary Council where they planned to file a lawsuit against Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar over arresting dozens of journalists during Monday protest.

The protesters chanted slogans against the ministry and police personnel’s violations against their colleagues, Youm7 reported. They raised their pens and had their hands intertwined referring to restriction on press freedom.

On Monday, security forces detained a number of journalists and barred others from entering into or leaving form the syndicate to prevent them from staging a protest against the transfer of sovereignty of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi.

At least 239 people were arrested in different governorates during protests Monday against the issue.

Activists and journalists reported on social media that security forces blocked all streets leading to the Journalists’ Syndicate, one of the gathering points of the opposing protests, although pro-government demonstrators were allowed to stand around the syndicate.

Earlier this month, Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories; both sides reached an agreement, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf in the Red Sea.

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