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Three artists arrested for promoting May 27 protests
Army clamps down on dissent ahead of tomorrow's protest in Tahrir Square as four in total have been arrested since yesterday for distributing posters and leaflets
Ekram Ibrahim , Thursday 26 May 2011
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The poster the three activists were arrested while hanging.

BREAKING NEWS: 19:03 local time: THE THREE ARTISTS MENTIONED IN THE STORY BELOW HAVE BEEN RELEASED, ACCORDING TO LAWYERS

Three artists were arrested around noon today as they were putting up posters near the journalists’ syndicate downtown calling for people to attend tomorrow's "Second Day of Rage" protest in Tahrir Square.

The three are graffiti artist Ganzeer (Mohamed Fahmy), film director Aida El-Kashef and musician Adel Rahman Amin who goes by the name NadimX on Twitter.

Following a delay, they were taken by police jeep to the military police station in Mansheyet El-Bakry.

Several activists are heading there now to demand the release of the three as well as judicial oversight.

Yesterday, Ibrahim Abd, a member of the April 6 Youth Movement, was arrested in Nasr City while leafleting ahead of the Friday protest. He is currently being held by the Military Prosecutor.

This brings to four the number of activists who have so far been arrested for promoting tomorrow’s protest, described by some as the “Second Revolution.” Among the demands of tomorrow's protest is an end to military trials for civilians and a reform of the media.

“Detaining activists while leafleting for protests is similar to what used to take place during Mubarak’s era,” read a press statement issued by the April 6 Movement.

The arrests have triggered a huge response and outpouring of solidarity with the artists on the internet.

Among statements made is that of the Revolutionary Filmmakers movement. In their statement released on Facebook, they proclaim that: "The army's hand has reached several artists since the revolution, which makes a mockery of the slogan 'the army and the people is one hand.' The army has arrested and tortured director Tamer El-Said and artists Aly Sobhi and Ramy Essam.

"We didn't take any action [then] to ensure stability.

"We are against the detention of the three activists today, we ask the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to release them immediately and provide assurances it will not do so again."



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"Grandma Ruby"
13-07-2011 08:19am
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Arrest of Artists
That's nothing new! In 2005, after the last of our first four Artists were "shipped out" to Mexico, Sheriff Joe Arpajio announced on Phoenix Radio (which was picked up by Yuma Radio):"Four painters were just Depor-ted! Now we don't have to look at their Art anymore!" (All the more reason for our program to exist!) "Grandma Ruby" Sonrisa Designs & Handmade Animals
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Rita
27-05-2011 10:15am
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For Egypt's sake!
I wonder if Egyptians r really ready 4 democracy and freedom!They both come with an enormous responsibility. From Jan 25 till now the people (the Youth in particular) did NOT show any good will toward their country. Instead of thinking of developing or at least cleaning it, their only concern is revenge and seems that not only of the regime but of any person who is economically good. Well said Abouguendia. It's impossible to satisfy such a huge population especially when the majority is thinking only of their own good, attitude that could have triggered the selfishness of the regime in the past. Hats off to the SCAF that could have turned it into a massacre and is trying to satisfy an insatiable population. Hey Youth wake up! If from day 2 after the removal u thought of caring for ur country, Egypt would not have reached such a stage. Every day counts, act for Egypt's sake!
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Amir
26-05-2011 04:48pm
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Good post
Good point of view. Hope it all goes well.
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Zoheir Abouguendia
26-05-2011 04:23pm
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There is a limit to everything
Yes, we suffered a great deal at the hands of the prvious regime. However, we are now in a new era and the Supreme Council and the caretaker government are doing there best to move us forward. Therefore, I do not see any reasonable justification for continuing the same style of protest against them. We are dealing with a nation of 85 million people. Give them time to complete there complex tax. Demonstrations did their shre in the past. Now I see that too much of that is no good and does not serve our great nation. Let us get busy and focus on planning for developing our country and give our current rulers the time and trust they neeed.
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incommon
26-05-2011 02:28pm
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SCAF's members r too old to relate to the new thinking. it's radically different to anything they could believe possible. SCAF cannot comprehend a new Egypt of the people for the people. SCAF should rather try to use such events to gauge opinion, and pro-actively engage. Wld be to their advantage too.
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