Socialist Worker

State repression in Egypt

Issue No. 1937

EGYPTIAN SECURITY forces arrested three socialist activists on Friday of last week.

The three Socialist Studies Centre members have been charged with distributing leaflets denouncing president Hosni Mubarak’s plans to extend his 23-year reign and to pass on the presidency to his son, Gamal.

One of the three activists, journalist Ibrahim Sahari, faces an additional charge of aggressive behaviour towards a police officer. He was arrested alongside woman lawyer Marwa Faruq and researcher Bahu Abdullah, who is a British citizen. Both Ibrahim and Marwa have already been imprisoned in 2003 for anti-war activities.

Ibrahim told human rights workers over the phone that he was assaulted by police during his arrest.

Lawyers for the three say they are reported to be in the custody of Egypt’s feared security police.

Members of the Popular Committee for Change organised a protest calling for the release of the three activists last week. Cairo activists say, “We can use all the solidarity you can mobilise for us.”

Send messages of protest to The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 26 South Street, London, W1Y 6DD. Fax: 020 7491 1542.


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