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Student reportedly arrested for possession of a police wireless device

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6 April denies the student is movement member; claims news is fabricated

A Revolutionary Socialist leader from the German University of Cairo said that many of the leftists at the time of Mohamed Mahmoud had a feeling of optimism that the popular action that took place in January was being reignited. “People were in the street again,” he said, “they were at the Ministry of the Interior and fighting police again.” But, he added, the left failed to take advantage of the way the Islamists distanced themselves from the protesters. “We had a good opportunity, to say ‘look, they’re not with you.’ But we haven’t been able to show people that.” Hassan Ibrahim

State owned media reported that an arrested student was found to be  in possession of police wireless device seized during the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes in November
(Hassan Ibrahim)

The 6 April movement has denied any of its members were arrested for possessing a police wireless device, stolen during the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes last November.

State-owned Al-Ahram reported that a 6 April student member was arrested on Wednesday in possession of an unauthorised communication device and stolen property.

“This is all lies,” said Mohamed Mustafa, 6 April (Ahmed Maher front) political bureau member. “No student member in 6 April has been arrested.”

Mustafa stated that the news report failed to mention the name of the student or the faculty he belongs to. “We have sent the newspaper a letter, requesting a correction denying the student’s membership in our movement.” The newspaper is yet to reply.

The student was arrested in his car for violating traffic rules, reported Al-Ahram. Searching his car, the police discovered large quantities of firearms cartridges and pharmaceuticals. He has reportedly avoided serving seven previous court sentences.

During the investigation, the defendant reportedly admitted taking the wireless device from a high school student during the Presidential Palace clashes in December. He also reportedly said the pharmaceuticals were for a field hospital in Tahrir Square.

Both 6 April (democratic front) and 6 April party denied that any of their student members was arrested for unauthorised possession of police wireless device.

The second round of Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes occurred in late November 2012. An event to commemorate the first anniversary for clashes turned violent, leading to the death of at least three protesters. They were closely followed by clashes near the Presidential Palace between pro- and anti-president supporters in early December.


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