4 members of 'Street Children' troupe given 15-day detention pending investigation

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 10 May 2016

The youngest member of the group, which is popular among young people online, was released on bail Monday

(Photo: still from one of earlier videos by 'Street Children' group, Feb 2016)

A Cairo prosecution ordered on Tuesday the 15-day detention of four members of Street Children (Atfal Shawaree), a satirical performance art troupe, pending investigations into charges of using YouTube to call for “terrorist crimes.”

They are also being investigated for allegedly "inciting protests that aim to disrupt peace and security and cause violent crimes against state institutions."

The defendants deny the charges.

The artists were arrested on Monday and are being held at Cairo's Sayeda Zeinab police station.

On Sunday, the group's sixth and youngest member, Ezz El-Din Khaled, 19, was ordered to be released on EGP 10,000 bail pending investigations.

The prosecution appealed the decision to release Khaled on Monday, though the appeal was rejected on Tuesday and the 19-year-old was released.

Khaled was arrested from his home on Saturday evening.

The whereabouts of the group’s sixth member, Mostafa Zein, are currently unknown, and it remains unclear whether a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The six-member performance group gained popularity among youths for their videos in which they that mock societal norms as well as the discourse of government officials and supporters.

Street Children released their first video in January 2016. The troupe's last video was another satirical piece titled "Sisi is my president."     

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