Egypt activists say six detained since Monday's Shubra sit-in

Ahram Online, Tuesday 4 Jan 2011

Several activists have been detained since Monday's Shubra sit-in, one faces charges

Six activists from the Justice and Freedom Youth group, and El-Tagdeed El-Ishetraky (a newly formed leftist group), were arrested late Monday night and have not yet been released, activists say. One of them, Mostafa Shawky, faces six charges, including attacking police officers, intentional sabotage of public facilities, and inciting strife. The other five have yet to be tried.

A demonstration demanding their release in front of the Supreme Court was held at noon today. Along with Shawky, the detained include Mostafa Mohei, Mohamed Atef, Mohamed Nagy, Tamer Siady and Abuelelaa Soliman.  

The protest from which the six were arrested was held in front of Massara church in Shubra on Monday to demand that officials be held accountable for their "failure to provide the necessary security". The officials accused of being partially responsible for the attack include the Minister of Interior and the Governor of Alexandria.

Tensions between police and the protestors escalated Monday when police tried to block a marching procession of demonstrators. Police and protestors threw rocks at one another leaving at least ten protestors injured and two officers and twelve policemen wounded in the clash.

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