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Riot police close parts of Cairo to avert possible demonstrations

Riot police close parts of Cairo to avert possible demonstrations

Egyptian riot police closed down parts of central Cairo yesterday as a precaution against demonstrations in solidarity with two judges facing disciplinary action for talking about election abuses.
Thousands of police, armed with sticks and shields, sealed off streets around the High Court and the nearby Judges Club, flashpoints during weeks of protests against the authorities' attempts to punish the two judges.
In the same High Court building, the Court of Cassation will hear yesterday an appeal from imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour, who was jailed for five years last year on forgery charges which he and his supporters say are fabricated.
The Interior Ministry has issued warnings that police will take a tough line against protesters yesterday but opposition sources said hundreds of people, many from the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, are preparing to defy them.
About 20 Brotherhood lawmakers, wearing black sashes inscribed "Members of parliament with the judges of Egypt," stood in front of the Court of Cassation.
Police arrested 50 Brotherhood members on Wednesday after demonstrations in favor of the judges in the Nile Delta town of Shibin el-Kom, the Interior Ministry said.
During a similar disciplinary hearing for the two judges last Thursday, police and plainclothes security attacked peaceful demonstrators, beating them with sticks and fists and dragging them away in police trucks.


Updated : 2021-10-19 07:56 GMT+08:00