Egypt Daily Update- May 1: Mass Protests Begin in Jails across Egypt; Sabahi Campaign Issues Response to PEC’s Warning

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Mass Protests Begin in Jails across Egypt
  • Sabahi Campaign Issues Response to PEC Warning
  • Cairo University President Prohibits 173 from Taking Exams
  • Video of the Day: Fahmy Followed by Protesters

Mass Protests Begin in Jails across Egypt
Thousands of prisoners have reportedly refused to attend trials and began hunger strikes protesting conditions within the prisons and “violations” of justice. A statement issued on behalf of the detainees claims that protests are taking place in at least 90 prisons throughout the country. A human rights group reported that prisoners in a Fayoum prison were brought to trials by force, injuring several. The Arab-African International Centre for Consultancy and Human Rights claims at least 20,000 prisoner have participated in the protests. A member of the defense team of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders implicated in several trials reported that they will not be participating in the protests. One of the leaders claimed they will not be participating because they “are worried for what is bigger.”

Egyptian prisoners stage mass protest” Al Jazeera (English) 05/01/2014
Brotherhood defense team: Brotherhood leaders did not participate in prison strikes” al-Masry al-Youm (Arabic) 05/01/2014
Egypt urged to allow journalist medical care” Al Jazeera (English) 04/30/2014

Sabahi Campaign Issues Response to PEC’s Warning
The Sabahi campaign issued a response to the Presidential Elections Commission’s accusation of violating the electoral law, denying that it announced a complete political platform. The PEC also accused television station CBC Extra of violating the electoral law for airing Sabahi’s press conference. Sabahi campaign aide Tareq Naguida criticized the PEC for not punishing campaigns for issuing campaigning materials in the streets and on television. In related news, Sabahi stated during Wednesday’s press conference, “Among the urgent matters that I will use my legislative powers to fulfill would be eradicating the protest law and pardoning everyone who has been prosecuted as a result of it.”

Egypt’s PEC studying legal procedures against Sabahi for violating campaigning rules”
Egypt PEC says Sabahi violated campaigning rules”
Sabahi campaign demands the PEC to be neutral and to hold those responsible for campaigning in the streets” al-Ahram (Arabic) 04/30/2014
Egyptian candidate vows if elected to undo law limiting protests” L.A. Times (English) 04/30/2014

Cairo University President Prohibits 173 from Taking Exams
A day after the Supreme Council of Universities issued a decision to allow detained students to take their final exams, the President of Cairo University Gaber Nasser banned 173 students from  final exams due to their alleged participation in university clashes. In related news, students at the British University in Egypt (BUE) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) protested against the detention of their colleagues Wednesday. The Revolutionary Movement at BUE stated that five students were simply “passing beside a Brotherhood protest” when they were arrested. The BUE administration confirmed that the students have not been expelled and will take their exams in jail. Two students from AUC were sentenced to five-years imprisonment Tuesday after being arrested at protests against the interim government. Students demanded that the AUC administration act on the students’ behalf.

Cairo University head bans 173 student from taking final exams” Ahram Online (English) 05/01/2014
Students protest at British University in Egypt over jailed colleagues” Ahram Online (English) 04/30/2014
AUC students protest jail sentences for two colleagues” Ahram Online (English) 04/30/2014

Video of the Day: Fahmy Chased by Protesters in Congressional Offices

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Al Jazeera aired a video of protesters following Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy throughout the Congressional offices shouting “liar” and “war-criminal” following his meetings.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and National Security Advisor Susan Rice during his trip to Washington. Ambassador Rice reiterated “deep, growing concerns about recent developments in Egypt, including the mass trials and death sentences handed down this week, the continued detention of journalists and activists, and ongoing restrictions on freedoms of expression, assembly, and association.” Defense Secretary Hagel stressed “the need for a proper balance between security and freedom.” Both officials assured Fahmy of U.S. commitment to “maintain cooperation on shared security interests such as countering extremism and maintaining regional stability.”

Egyptian activists chase Egypt’s FM inside US Congress” Egypt Independent (English) 05/01/2014
Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy” U.S. State Department (English)  04/30/2014
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy” U.S. Department of Defense (English) 04/30/2014

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