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Choques con la policía en Egipto durante protestas

EL CAIRO, Egipto (AP) — La policía lanzó gases lacrimógenos y disparó perdigones el lunes para dispersar a cientos de manifestantes que exigieron la renuncia del presidente egipcio luego de que su gobierno decidió transferir dos islas estratégicas del Mar Rojo a Arabia Saudí. Esta cuestión espinosa ha provocado las protestas más intensas desde que el presidente Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi asumió el poder hace casi dos años.

El choque en la plaza Mesaha, en el distrito Dokki de El Cairo tuvo lugar mientras miles de policías y soldados fueron desplegados el lunes en la capital egipcia en anticipo a manifestaciones de protesta.

Después del arresto de decenas de activistas y periodistas en días recientes, la policía antimotines respaldada por vehículos blindados tomó posiciones el lunes en la Plaza Tahrir de El Cairo, centro del levantamiento de 2011. Las fuerzas de seguridad también montaron puestos en el camino de circunvalación, el centro y una plaza donde cientos de islamistas murieron cuando los desalojaron por la fuerza en agosto de 2013.

Muchos de los puestos de concentración dispuestos por los organizadores de las protestas fueron cercados por la policía, incluso los locales de los sindicatos de médicos y periodistas en el centro de la capital.

A los peatones cerca del Sindicato de Prensa la policía les exigió documentos y les preguntó dónde iban y a muchos les impidió el paso. También se movilizaron minifurgonetas con policías de civil en lugares clave.

En el distrito pobre de Nahya, en la ciudad de Giza, el número de policías y el temor al arresto impidió que los manifestantes se reunieran siquiera, obligándolos a salir del área en pequeños grupos con la esperanza de reagruparse en otros sitios, según dijeron manifestantes a The Associated Press. Los manifestantes hablaron con la condición del anonimato por temor a represalias.

Los militares dijeron en un video difundido el domingo por la noche que los soldados fueron movilizados para proteger “instalaciones vitales e importantes” y lidiar con cualquiera que trate de “perjudicar los intereses del pueblo o intente arruinar su felicidad” en el Día de la Liberación del Sinaí, una fiesta nacional que conmemora el retiro definitivo israelí de la península en 1982.

El-Sissi instó el domingo a los ciudadanos a defender el estado y sus instituciones de las “fuerzas del mal”, una aparente referencia a las protestas.


El periodista de The Associated Press Sam Magdy contribuyó para este despacho

Egyptian police stifle plans for mass protest over islands

CAIRO - Thousands of Egyptian riot police on Monday stifled plans for mass demonstrations against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s rule, using tear gas, birdshot and beating up young activists to quickly disperse flash protests by hundreds in what evolved into a day of cat-and-mouse games across parts of Cairo.

With overwhelming numbers, police took over Cairo locations designated by organizers as gathering points, checking IDs and turning potential protesters away under the threat of arrest. At least 100 protesters had been arrested by nightfall, mostly in the Dokki district in Cairo’s twin city of Giza, according to activists and rights lawyers.

The Press Syndicate said a total of 11 journalists were arrested during the course of the day and that all but one were released hours later.

“We have been running back and forth. Every time we gather in one place, they attack us,” said one female protester.

“The minute we started gathering they attacked us and we fled,” said another protester from the impoverished and densely populated Cairo district of Nahya.

Both protesters requested anonymity because they feared reprisals.

Fearing another round of unrest after years of turmoil, some city residents and shopkeepers were hostile toward the protesters on Monday.

“The sons of dogs want to bring down the state,” shouted one el-Sissi supporter as he watched police beat up two protesters.

Determined to prevent the protests, police took up positions early on Monday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising, and deployed on the city’s ring road, downtown and at a suburban square where hundreds of Islamist protesters were killed when security forces broke up their sit-in in August 2013.

The sheer number of policemen on the streets and fear of arrest prevented protesters from gathering, often forcing them to trickle out from designated gathering points to assemble elsewhere.

Monday’s arrests followed the detention in recent days of scores of activists in pre-dawn house raids and downtown cafe roundups as authorities sought to derail plans for the demonstrations. Rights groups say as many as 100 have been arrested since late last week, with some picked up by police just hours before Monday’s protests were due to start.

Monday’s most serious violence took place at a residential square in Dokki, where some 500 protesters led by prominent activists gathered. Chants of “leave, leave” directed at el-Sissi, echoed across the square, along with “bread, freedom, the islands are Egyptian.” Masked policemen atop armoured vehicles and in full riot gear arrived 10 minutes later and immediately fired tear gas and birdshot. The protesters fled in panic.

From apartment balconies, pro-el-Sissi residents shouted “traitors” at the protesters below and pelted them with water. Later, an Associated Press reporter at the scene saw plainclothes policemen kicking and slapping protesters they arrested, before pushing them inside pick-up trucks.

Elsewhere in Dokki, dozens of riot and special forces’ policemen laid siege to the headquarters of the Karama, or Dignity, party founded by opposition leader Hamdeen Sabahi, the only candidate who ran against el-Sissi in the 2014 presidential election and who filed a lawsuit against el-Sissi for surrendering the islands.

“We denounce the violations of our constitutional rights of peaceful assembly. We are holding a sit-in here until they withdraw, and we demand the release of all those who were captured today and in previous days,” senior party member Masoum Marzouk told the AP.

“If they raid these offices it would be a big mistake, but they are capable of anything these days. We are a city under occupation by the army and police.”

The central issue of Monday’s protests was Egypt’s recent decision to surrender to Saudi Arabia control of two strategic Red Sea islands in a surprise deal. Egypt says the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba off the coast of Sinai belong to Saudi Arabia, which placed them under Cairo’s protection in 1950 because it feared Israel might attack them.

The announcement came during a visit to Egypt this month by the Saudi monarch, King Salman, as the kingdom announced a multi-billion-dollar package of aid and investment to Egypt, fueling charges that the islands were sold off.

Already, the issue of the islands has sparked the largest protests since el-Sissi assumed power in June 2014, when on April 15 some 2,000 protesters gathered in downtown Cairo to shout slogans against el-Sissi for giving up the islands, calling on him to step down.

El-Sissi has dismissed the controversy and insists Egypt has not surrendered an “inch” of its territory.

The dispute over the islands is the latest in a list of grievances held by a large segment of Egyptians, especially pro-democracy youth, against the president. He has, since leading the military’s ouster in 2013 of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, overseen a major crackdown by security forces in which thousands of Islamists were jailed and hundreds killed.

The latest protests add one more source of concern for el-Sissi as he faces mounting criticism over the ailing economy and the fallout from this year’s abduction, torture and killing of an Italian graduate student in Cairo. The incident has poisoned relations with Italy, one of el-Sissi’s staunchest EU supporters and Egypt’s biggest European trade partner.

“Egypt needs the truth revealed to its people: Through dialogue, not suppression, with documents, evidence and maps; not security raids and random detentions,” prominent columnist Abdullah el-Sinnawy warned in Monday’s edition of the Al-Shorouk daily about the uproar over the islands. In a thinly veiled warning to the president, he said the issue could produce “cracks in legitimacy.”


Associated Press writer Sam Magdy contributed to this report.

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Egypt’s security forces disperse small protests against Sisi

Egypt’s security forces disperse small protests against Sisi

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Egyptians demonstrate against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Mesaha square in Cairo’s Dokki district, Monday, April 25, 2016.

Egyptian security forces fired tear gas and arrested scores of people to disperse small protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday, deterring what activists had hoped would be large demonstrations, witnesses and security sources said.

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What is happening?

Egyptian security forces have used tear gas to disperse crowds protesting against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Videos uploaded to social media show anti-regime protesters chanting and marching in the affluent Dokko neighbourhood.

Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed across the Egyptian capital.

Security services moved quickly to block roads leading to popular central Cairo meeting points.

In pictures

#Egypt’s military deploys nationwide ahead of Monday protests #Sisi #tiran #sanafir #saudi— Ahram Online (@ahramonline) April 25, 2016

Anti-Sissi protest breaks out in Dokki and is dispersed almost as quickly as it starts #egypt— Leila Fadel (@LeilaFadel) April 25, 2016

Manif sauvage Dokki “Leave Leave Leave”— F. Hume-Ferkatadji (@EfaSheef) April 25, 2016

YourAnonGlobal: RT UnheardEgypt: Reports of arrest here. Protesters from Nahiya Giza marching toward El Dokki. #Si…— Anonymous (@CovertAnonymous) April 25, 2016

What is the background?

Thousands of Egyptians called for al-Sissi to resign earlier this month. It was the largest demonstration since the former military general took office in 2014.

Egypte : la cession de Tiran et Sanafir à l’Arabie Saoudite enflamme la rue— Le Desk (@LeDesk_ma) April 25, 2016

They were angered by his decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi monarch King Salman visited Egypt earlier this month.

His country has announced a multi-billion dollar aid and investment package for Egypt, fuelling concerns that the islands were being sold off.

Tiran and Sanafir lie off the Sinai peninsula
Originally Saudi Arabian

Placed under Cairo’s protection in 1950 when Saudi government feared an israeli attack

What has the president said?

Sisi threatens action against protesters— Press TV (@PressTV) April 24, 2016

Abdel Fattah al-Sissi is urging people to defend the state and its institutions against what he calls “the forces of evil”.

He gave a televised address on Sunday evening.

al-Sissi insisted on the need for stability in Egypt – the Arab world’s most populous country.

Has anyone been arrested?


Human rights activists say more than 90 people have been detained in recent days.

They claim youths were arrested in coffee shops and their own homes.

There has been no comment from the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

La policía reprime los intentos de protesta de la oposición en El Cairo

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El Cairo, 25 abr (EFE).- Un gran despliegue de seguridad frustró hoy los intentos de manifestarse en El Cairo de los opositores al régimen de Abdelfatah al Sisi, que fueron dispersados por la fuerza por la Policía, que detuvo a decenas de manifestantes.
Las protestas fueron convocadas en rechazo a la cesión de dos islas a Arabia Saudí -unos territorios que muchos consideran bajo soberanía egipcia-, y siguen a las celebradas el pasado día 15.
Desde primera horas del día, fue tendencia en la red social Twitter la etiqueta “Al zaura mustamerra” (“La revolución continúa”), pero los activistas no pudieron tomar las calles debido a la omnipresencia de la Policía, que se desplegó en todo el centro de la capital.
Varios centenares lograron congregarse en la plaza de Misaha, en el cairota barrio de Dokki pero, apenas uno minutos después, la policía disparó gases lacrimógenos contra los manifestantes, según pudo constatar Efe.
Los manifestantes salieron corriendo por las calles aledañas a la plaza y en la cercana avenida Dokki se registró otra marcha en la que predominaron también lemas revolucionarios como “el pueblo quiere la caída del régimen” y “que caiga el gobierno militar”, en alusión a Al Sisi.
Uno de los organizadores de las protestas, Ibrahim Fadlun, de la campaña “Mi tierra”, explicó a Efe que debido al despliegue policial, tuvieron que cambiar a última hora el lugar de las protestas a Misaha.
Según los datos que maneja Fadlun, unos 300 manifestantes fueron detenidos en El Cairo, en puntos como Misaha, Buhus, Bulaq al Dakrur y en los alrededores del Colegio de Periodistas, cuyos accesos fueron cortados por la policía.
Los periodistas que cubrían las protestas también sufrieron la represión policial, y según dijo a Efe el vicepresidente del Colegio de Periodistas, Jaled al Balshi, 25 reporteros fueron arrestados, algunos extranjeros, aunque la mayoría ya han sido liberados.
Tras escapar de la carga policial, una joven de 20 años, que prefirió no identificarse, dijo a Efe que la policía actuó con “puño de hierro” porque tiene “mucho miedo” de que estalle una revolución como la de enero de 2011, en este caso contra Al Sisi.
“Llevamos hirviendo tres años (desde que en julio de 2013 Al Sisi se convirtió en el hombre fuerte de Egipto tras derrocar al islamista Mohamed Mursi). Después de que vendieran nuestra tierra no podemos aguantar más”, subrayó mientras comprobaba que los antidisturbios se mantenían lejos.
De igual modo, Fadlun denunció que “la policía tomó medidas drásticas e inhumanas contra los manifestantes” contrarios al régimen, mientras permitió a sus simpatizantes concentrarse en otras plazas para celebrar la “liberación del Sinaí”.
Y es que esta jornada es festiva ya que se conmemora la retirada completa de Israel de la península del Sinaí, que había ocupado en la Guerra de los Seis Días en 1967.
Entre canciones patrióticas, decenas de personas enarbolaron banderas de Egipto y fotografías de Al Sisi en varias plazas cairotas como la de Mustafa Mahmud, en Mohandisin.
Uno de los congregados, Ahmed Ali, de 46 años, dijo a Efe que “el pueblo, el Ejército y la Policía son una sola mano” y que aquellos que protestan contra el régimen son de los Hermanos Musulmanes y quieren “destruir el país”.
La cofradía, declarada grupo terrorista, llamó a sus seguidores a manifestarse hoy, pero los principales convocantes fueron partidos y movimientos laicos e izquierdistas, tradicionales críticos de Al Sisi.
La devolución de la islas, situadas en el mar Rojo y que el gobierno defiende que solo estaban bajo la tutela egipcia, ha provocado una indignación en la calle no vista desde hace meses y ha llevado a la policía a arrestar en los últimos días a decenas de activistas para intentar evitar cualquier conato de agitación civil. EFE

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Million Camera Fiasco April 25 Protest in Egypt

In contemporary Egypt, no event outranks the importance of the 1973 war against Israel and the subsequent return of Egyptian sovereignty over the Sinai Peninsula.
The country marks its success in overrunning Israeli positions along the Suez Canal annually with a October 6 Army Day while the April 25 Sinai Liberation Day celebrates the 1982 withdrawal of Israeli military forces back to the approximate borders of the 1949 armistice agreements.
Millions across Egypt celebrate Sinai Liberation gathered in Abdeen Square and Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Cairo to celebrate. The BBC and mainstream media in Europe and USA coverage is way misleading and trashy, covering few protesters here and there “Egypt police disrupt protests against transfer of islands to Saudis - The Guardian‎, Tensions are high - i24 news, Egypt unrest: Sisi warns over anti-government protests - BBC, Egypt’s Sisi urges defence of state amid protest - Aljazeera …. Egypt’s leaders issue warnings over planned protest - CNN”, While the largest protest they are covering show few tens of naive youth, boys and girls wearing jeans - no hijab, and many dozens of media and mobile phones cameras roam the streets full of McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks stores, and early in the protest Organisers call it off, After Muslim Brotherhood penetrated protest with molotov and explosions.