Security beefed up in downtown Cairo ahead of Journalist Syndicate meeting
People protest outside Egypt's journalists' syndicate in Cairo, Monday, May 2, 2016. The syndicate called for the dismissal of the interior minister and an immediate sit-in at its headquarters in downtown Cairo on Monday, to protest the police detention of two journalists on its premises the night earlier. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan)

CAIRO: Security forces have reinforced their presence in the vicinity of the Journalists Syndicate Wednesday ahead of an “urgent” general assembly meeting over the Sunday storming of the syndicate building by police to arrest two journalists, Youm7 reported.

Police forces were deployed in all streets leading to the syndicate building, Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, where the syndicate is located, was closed, barriers were installed and passersby were prevented from approaching the syndicate headquarters, eyewitnesses told Youm7.

It also denied access to syndicate employees and allowed only journalists to enter the building after checking IDs.

On Monday, the syndicate called for the dismissal of Egypt’s Interior Ministry Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and launched a sit-in at its headquarters over what it described in a statement as an “illegal and unprecedented” arrest.

However, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement that the arrest was carried out according to a warrant issued by the prosecution.

The two arrested journalists, Amr Badr and Mahmoud el-Sakka, were ordered into 15 days of detention on Monday by the prosecution pending investigations into numerous charges including “plotting to overthrow the regime” and “spreading false news.”

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