Massive arrests campaign ahead of the 25th Jan revolution anniversary


Egyptian security launched a massive campaign of arrests in various governorates of the republic, about a month before the tenth anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution. According to human rights sources, the arrests have affected a large number of those who were previously arrested and those who were recently released.

Activists are also being detained under precautionary measures when checking into their police stations while fabricating charges against them.

The campaigns of raids and arrests included several villages and cities, and the timing of these raids also varied, without limiting it at night arrests as is usual. The arrests affected activists from different currents, but they were concentrated among those belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. From time to time, the National Security Agency (an internal intelligence agency) summons those who were previously arrested, pressured, and tortured to inform other names.

Eyewitnesses said that they were detained, without being presented to the prosecution, with their threats to fabricate cases for them, as long as the leaders of the apparatus did not provide information about the sources of funding for the families of the detainees or the shelter of the persecuted members of the supporters of the late President Mohamed Morsi.

Last Saturday, the security forces arrested journalist Amer Abdel Moneim, after storming his home, against the background of his publication of many articles critical of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s policies. A few days ago, the European Parliament voted by a large majority on a draft resolution to demand that European institutions take serious steps to stop human rights violations by the Egyptian authorities and to call for the release of prisoners of conscience from prisons. Tens of thousands of opponents of the 2013 military coup are in Egyptian prisons, according to human rights reports.