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Egypt arrests 5 politicians for commemorating the revolution

January 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

Crowds come together during the Egyptian revolution that took place on 25 January 2011 [Egypt Is The Gift Of The Nile/Facebook]

Egyptian authorities arrested five politicians, including leaders of the Dignity and Egyptian Socialist Parties, for participating in a ceremony to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

Egyptian security forces arrested a member of the political bureau of the Dignity Party, Ali Abdul-Aziz Fadali, and leader of the Egyptian Socialist Party, Jamal Abdel Fattah, from their homes on yesterday morning and three members of the political parties; Khalid Bassiouni, Khaled Mahmoud and Muhab Al-Ibrashi.

Police stormed the headquarters of the Dignity Party on Saturday to end a celebration of the eighth anniversary of the January 25 2011 revolution and photographed attendees’ identity cards.

Social media activists said Fadali and Abdel Fattah were not present at the celebration but the security forces arrested them without declaring the reasons.

The Egyptian Social Democratic Party denounced the security services’ actions and said they are aimed at demonising all political activity.

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