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Cairo prosecution refers 102 to court over Monday protests

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 28 Apr 2016
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Egyptian protesters chant slogans during a Cairo demonstration against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, April 25, 2016. (Photo:AFP)
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Cairo's Qasr El-Nil prosecution has referred 102 people to misdemeanor court over their participation in 25 April protests against the government's recent agreement acknowledging Saudi sovereignty over two Red Sea islands under Egyptian control.

According to the prosecution, the defendants face charges of illegally protesting, attempting to overthrow the government, rioting, inciting against state institutions, disturbing public peace and disrupting traffic.

The trial for the protesters is set for Saturday.

Fourteen minors were also referred by prosecution to juvenile court. 

A number of demonstrations were held Monday to protest the recent Red Sea island deal, with police firing teargas to disperse the crowds.

This was the second wave of demonstrations against the controversial deal, after several thousand people, including activists and politicians, rallied earlier this month in what some described as the largest protests since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi took office in 2014.

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