Bedouins block roads demanding the release of prisoners

AP and Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 May 2011

Traffic disrupted by protest after the promised release of imprisoned Bedouins fails to materialize

Hundreds of Egyptian Bedouins have blocked roads and set car tires on fire, demanding authorities release jailed tribesmen and revoke prison sentences leveled in absentia against some of their kin.

Tuesday's protest in the Sinai Peninsula forced several tourist busses to stop along two roads leading to Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea and St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai.

The Bedouins have in the past been promised that those from their community in prison will be released. Security forces said it will cooperate with the military to end the demonstration and reopen the roads.

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