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1876 protesters arrested since sit-in dispersals: FDEP

Front for Defence of Egyptian Protesters releases comprehensive list of those arrested since the dispersal of the sit-ins, between 14 and 21 August

Ahram Online, Monday 26 Aug 2013
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Egyptians security forces escort an Islamist supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood out of the al-Fatah mosque, after hundreds of Islamist protesters barricaded themselves inside the mosque (Photo: AP)
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The Front for Defence of Egyptian Protesters has released a comprehensive list of the names and details of protesters arrested since 14 August. The report, released on 21 August, shows that 1876 protesters were arrested and eleven declared as missing during the period from 14 August until 21 August.
 
Many of those detained were arrested during the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in on 14 August. They face charges of murder, attempting to kill, being a member of an armed gang, infringing on security forces and being in possession of weapons.
 
The report shows that 815 were sent to Abu Zaabal prison and were detained for fifteen days, whilst others were released on bail.  
 
According to the FDEP, 37 of the detainees, who were due to be sent to the Abu Zaabal prison north of Cairo, died in transit.
 
The Ministry of Interior stated last week that detainees had died during their transportation to prison, explaining that the deaths were as a result of suffocation by tear gas, which was fired by security forces during an escape attempt.
 
Of the total number of detainees, 174 were arrested during the dispersal of the Al-Nahda sit-in. The detainees were accused of killing, attempting to kill, being a member of an armed gang, infringing on the security forces and being in possession of weapons.
 
Hundreds were sent to Tora prison and received a 15-day sentence.
 
Security forces dispersed the two main sit-ins, which were staged in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Giza's Nahda square in the early hours of Sunday 14 August. More than 600 were reported dead and thousands injured during the crackdown. 
 
The list also asserts that 642 protesters were arrested during the Ramsis clashes on 21 August and were charged with attempting to kill, possession of weapons, destruction of property, joining armed groups and infringing on security forces. All detainees were given a 15-day detention, except for three who were released.
 
Ramsis square in central Cairo has witnessed fierce clashes between supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and opponents, including security forces, in the aftermath of the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa and Al-Nahda. 
 
The remainder were arrested during a number of other clashes, which have taken place over the last two weeks. 
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