Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Protest stand for release of political prisoners

Around 500 activists gathered in Tahrir Square on Wednesday to protest for the release of hundreds of civilians held in army detention centers. This protest comes in response to the latest security crackdown - during the rally of May 15 outside the Israeli Embassy in Giza. Around 180 were arrested in this collective-roundup.

Thousands of civilians - including hundreds of political activists - have hastily stood trial before military tribunals and received harsh prison sentences, without right to due-process or right to appeal. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ordered collective roundups of activists on Feb 26, Mar 6, Mar 9, Apr 9, Apr 12 & May 15.

Release Tarek Shalaby (wrongfully arrested on May 15) along with all other detainees.

Activists hold up signs bearing names of dozens of political detainees, along with demands for their immediate release.

Sign reads military tribunals: Without lawyers, without proper investigation, under torture. WITHOUT JUSTICE. Photos of imprisoned activists Amr el-Beheiri, Islam Abdel Hafeez, Tamer el-Sheshtawi, Amr Eissa, Ra'afat Mohamed Kashef, Hany Maher Hanna, Mohamed Abdallah Khalil, Walid Samy Saad.

Members of the White Knight Ultras hold up signs calling for the freedom of Mahmoud Saad - a fellow White Knight, 18 years old - arrested on May 15.

Protesters chant slogans and sing songs of freedom, denouncing military tribunals and military rule.

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