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Minors detained during Friday clashes

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Three teenagers in custody for 15 days pending investigation

During the “Kesh Malek” (“Checkmate”) protests on Friday, violence erupted between demonstrators and security forces using water cannons and teargas to disperse protesters throwing rocks in front of Al-Qubba palace. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

During the “Kesh Malek” (“Checkmate”) protests on Friday, violence erupted between demonstrators and security forces using water cannons and teargas to disperse protesters throwing rocks in front of Al-Qubba palace.
AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Thirty protesters were detained on Friday amid clashes with police officers in front of the Al-Qubba presidential palace.

During the “Kesh Malek” (“Checkmate”) protests on Friday, violence erupted between demonstrators and security forces using water cannons and teargas to disperse protesters throwing rocks in front of Al-Qubba palace.

The detainees included a number of minors: Ragab Ibrahim, 15, Abdel Baqqy, 15, and Waleed Tawfiq, 17, as well as two others, according to activist Ahmed Atef and lawyer Ragia Omran.

At the time of print, the detained were being prosecuted at the Al-Qubba Court on charges of rioting and “thuggery”.

Three other minors were detained after an attack on the Shepheard’s Hotel last Tuesday when masked men carrying wooden sticks and knives smashed the glass front of the hotel. They were charged with destroying property and storming into the building.

Islam Abdel Aziz, 14, Ali Hatem, 15, and Mohamed Hussein, 16, were brought before the Abbaseya Court where they received 15 days’ detention pending investigations.

Violence against protesters has continued since the protests marking the second anniversary of the 25 January Revolution. According to the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights, it is estimated tha there are more than protesters currently detained.


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