According to media sources, arrest warrants have been issued for Haitham Mohamedain, labour lawyer and leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists, and Sharif al-Roubi, a leader of the 6 April Youth Movement – Democratic Front. They are among a group of well-known activists who have been targeted for defying the anti-protest law which came into force last week, and are playing a leading role in the Revolutionaries coalition (Thuwar).
Blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who was imprisoned under Mubarak, and during the first phase of military rule in 2011, has already been detained for 15 days on charges of inciting protests. Ahmed Maher, one of the founders of the 6 April Youth Movement and another well-known revolutionary activist, was detained and released.
Thousands have taken to the streets and university campuses in recent weeks in protest at the deepening repression.
What you can do:
- Print out these posters [anti_protest_poster_bw and anti_protest_poster] and send us a solidarity picture via Facebook or Twitter (@menasolidarity). More resources and a protest statement will be available here soon
- Pass a resolution in your union branch condemning the anti-protest law
- Write urgently to the Egyptian authorities calling for the release of all political detainees and an end to the harassment and prosecution of the military’s opponents. Rush messages of protest to General Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Email General al-Sisi here firstname.lastname@example.org copy in the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK (email@example.com) or your country