The prosecution ordered the detention of four members of the 6 April Youth Movement, led by Ahmed Maher, for 15 days pending investigation; an appeal to release them was rejected by the prosecution.
The four members were arrested while protesting in front of Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim’s house on Friday. Protesters threw women’s undergarments at the house to symbolically call the Ministry of Interior the state’s prostitute for whatever regime is in power.
“We will continue to take the necessary legal procedures to defend the four members” said Khaled El-Masry, 6 April media director.
On Wednesday another 6 April member was arrested while he was painting graffiti calling for protests on the anniversary of the movement on 6 April; he was released after charges against him were dropped.
“We decided that the situation in Egypt doesn’t merit celebrations, and so the issue of the detained members came up and hence we decided to hold a massive protest instead,” El-Masry said.
Details of the protest titled “The Day of Rage” would be announced in a press conference scheduled on Thursday at the movement’s headquarters in Giza.
“The main theme of the day would be protesting the general deteriorating situation of the country, this is not what Egyptians dreamed of; the rate of violations is unbelievable,” El-Masry added.
The movement has been protesting since Friday against Prosecutor General Tala’at Abdallah and calling on the Interior Ministry to reveal the whereabouts of the detainees.
They had announced a sit-in in front of Abdallah’s office at the High Court building. The sit-in was later attacked by unknown assailants with knives, shotguns and Molotov cocktails.