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Activists join Suez hunger strike for release of protesters in military prisons

A sit-in enters it's third day, more activists start a hunger strike on Sunday to demand the release of those in a Suez military prison for protesting the May Abbasyia bloody clashes

Ahram Online, Sunday 8 Jul 2012
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Abbasyia Violent clashes by the Defence Ministry in May (Photo: Reuters)
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Activists in Suez sit-in by their governorate headquarters for the third day in a row, demanding the release of those in military prisons for protesting the Abbasyia clashes which took place in Cairo in late spring.

The April 6 Youth Movement and the Suez Youth Block are among those groups that are participating.

Furthermore, according to the Egyptian news website, El-Badil, eight activists have announced they will start a hunger strike on Sunday in solidarity with the detainees who started their hunger strike three days ago.

Member of the Suez Youth Block, Amr Nabil, confirmed the Suez sit-in will continue until activists in military custody are released.

Eight young activists were arrested by the army in Suez while protesting both army clampdown on anti-SCAF demonstrators in Abbasiya Square near the headquarters of the ministry of defence on Friday 2 May as well as the violent murder of at least 11 people at the hands of unknown assailants two days earlier.

Nabil detailed that activists from Cairo came to join the current Suez sit-in to show solidarity with the detainees. Activist Nawara Negm, for example, arrived on Saturday. She asserts on her official Twitter account that she will not leave before Monday - the day the verdict will be revealed.

Suez military court had postponed the Suez activist's trial to 9 July.

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