Uproar in Egypt After Arrest of Protestor at Tahrir Square

Ahmed Mohy was arrested by Egyptian police after holding a placard at the country’s iconic Tahrir Square that says “Step down Sisi.” | Photo: Twitter / @ @ maitelsadany

Man staging a one-person protest against Egypt’s president was detained by police in Tahrir Square, creating uproar in the country.

Egypt’s politically iconic Tahrir Square came into international attention last week when a man named Ahmed Mohy was arrested after staging a one-man protest.

Holding a small placard reading, “ Step down Sisi,” Mohy stood in the square that played a major role in the 2011 Egyptian uprising that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.

An unidentified man took a photo of Mohy which quickly spread on social media. Soon after the protester and the photographer were picked up by police.

“I am in the police car, and they are trying to take my phone. They arrested another guy with me. I was alone, this guy was not with me; he was just using a camera to get a photo, and there is no crime,” said Mohy on a self-shot video from the back of the police car.

His arrest garnered attention around the country with a prominent Egyptian lawyer Gamal Eid saying that Mohy was detained within minutes of starting his protest despite not committing any crime.

In a tweet as seen below, the lawyer said, “This man stood alone in Tahrir Square holding up a paper that read ‘Step down Sisi’. Within minutes he was arrested and disappeared. He did not commit any crimes, what he did was in the field of freedom of expression. The law of protest, despite its injustice, says 10 or more people constitute a protest. This person is a prisoner of conscience.

Source: www.telesurenglish.net

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