Egyptian activists claim 3 killed in anti-govt protests

Protesters killed during peaceful protests in Al-Jiza, says self-exiled dissident

ISTANBUL : Three people were killed by police during anti-regime protests in Al-Jiza, according to Egyptian opponent activists and media outlets late Friday.

“Despite peaceful demonstrations, the Interior Ministry killed three people in Al-Iyad [in Al-Jiza],” Egyptian businessman and dissident Mohamed Ali, who lives in self-exile in Spain, said on Twitter.

Don’t be afraid to say it: Sisi must go” is a chant used by the protesters who rose against the country’s president since Sunday (Twitter)

Egypt sees ‘day of rage’ as thousands protest against Sisi across the country. Protests called by whistleblower Mohamed Ali have mostly taken place in villages due to the government’s relentless crackdown on dissent

Several social media activists shared footage of demonstrations in Cairo, Al-Jiza and Luxor that responded to demands by Ali to protest the rule of President Adel-Fattah al-Sisi.

This was the sixth day of anti-regime protests amid deteriorating living conditions.

Protests calling for the overthrow of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have erupted in more than 40 villages across Egypt on Friday for the sixth day in a row, despite an ongoing police crackdown targeting the wave of unrest.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s television channel, Watan, said Sami Wafdi Sayid Bashir, Riza Muhammad Abu Imam and Muhammad Nasir Hamdi Ismail were killed because of intervention by security forces.

The latest protests were triggered by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s decision to demolish what he called illegal construction nationwide [File: Khaled Desouki/ AFP]

No statement from authorities has been issued about the killings.

Ali had urged Egyptians on Facebook to hold demonstrations Friday against al-Sisi’s regime and to “break the fear barrier” in the face of a brutal crackdown of the protests by authorities.

Security forces launched random arrest campaigns, which included searching the phones of pedestrians for pictures of the protests.

On 20 September last year, Egypt witnessed rare anti-government protests ignited by Ali, who is in self-imposed exile in Spain after his video testimonies exposing corruption by the president and his entourage went viral. 

The former owner of an Egyptian construction company, Ali claims to have witnessed corruption by Sisi during years of cooperation with the army in the implementation of a large number of construction projects, including luxury homes for the president’s family and friends. 

This year, Ali asked Egyptians to participate in protests starting on Sunday to denounce commodity price hikes and the ongoing demolition of houses constructed without licensing or on farmland.

With a government’s ban on protests still in place, the turnout at today’s protests was a surprise for many observers.

“Seven years of repression under Sisi have stripped society of its political parties and independent activism, so any protests that happen in this environment of severe intimidation and risk are a very brave act,” Amr Magdy, Egypt researcher at Human Rights Watch said.

Al-Sisi came to power in July 2013, after he deposed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi.

By : Cagri Kosak – ANADOLU AGENCY

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