Egypt’s State Security Prosecution ordered on Wednesday the release of activist Moheb Doss, a leading member of the Tamarod movement that contributed to the 30 June uprising.
Doss was arrested on 6 January in front of the Saint Mark Orthodox in Cairo’s Abbasiya district. He and activist Ahmed El Masry, who was also released on the same day, were facing charges of joining an outlawed group called “25 January Youth”.
Doss was a leading member of the Tamarod movement, which gathered millions of signatures in 2013 to force former president Mohamed Morsi to step down.
The Kefaya movement, founded in 2004 to oppose Mubarak, condemned the arrest of Doss. The movement said that the arrest was done without charges and described the recent arrests of activists by security forces as “frenzied”.
In a statement, the movement said that security forces are targeting icons from the 25 January Revolution in order to oppress any voice that opposes or criticises the current regime’s policies.
In January three young citizens, including one woman, were arrested on charges of “using social media to incite against the state and its institutions”.
The first of the three is Mohamed R., 28, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement. He was arrested in Nasr City and is accused of managing seven Facebook pages critical of the government.
“The suspect has confessed to incitement against the state in addition to falsely passing information related to criminal prisoners as if they were political detainees,” a statement by the Interior Ministry stated.
Galal M., 27, was arrested from his house in Boulaq El-Dakrour in Giza for managing five pages on Facebook that provoked incitement against the state, a “crime to which he confessed”, according to the Interior Ministry.