Egypt court releases 22 pending trial for protesting island deal

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 May 2016

15 April Protests
Demonstrators chant against the state on 15 April over Egypt's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia (Photo: Al Ahram)

An Egyptian court released 22 protesters pending trial over charges of illegally protesting on 15 April, dubbed 'The Friday of Land,’ where thousands took to the street in Cairo's downtown to protest the controversial Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea island deal.

The deal, which leaves the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within the regional waters of Saudi Arabia, caused outrage in the country, with activists protesting in front of the press syndicate building in one of the largest demonstrations since Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was elected as president in mid 2014.  

One week following the protests, the country saw mass arrests of activists and journalists in Cairo and other governorates, most notably the storming of the press syndicate and the arrest of journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud El-Sakka on Sunday. 

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