According to reports, the Human Rights Watch said that 382 people were arrested. Out of the 382 arrested, 237 people were produced before four courts in Cairo and Giza. They have been charged with demonstrating without permits. If convicted, the activists can face up to three years in jail.
In what has turned out to be the largest protests since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took charge two years ago, thousands of police and soldiers had locked horns with protesters in Mesaha square in Cairo’s Dokki district demanding that the president should step down.
The activists had staged a protest after President Sisi handed over two islands to Saudi Arabia. Egypt has claimed that both the islands, Tiran and Sanafir belonged to Saudi Arabia and were placed under Cairo’s protection in 1950 because it feared Israel might attack them.