Egypt orders arrest of two leading activists for "inciting protests," 24 others detained
Ahmed Maher, who is one of the founders of the April 6 movement that led efforts to oust of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is one of the two activists who is currently being targeted for arrest by the Egyptian prosecution order (File Archive)
Reuters reported Wednesday that an Egyptian prosecutor ordered the arrest of two leading activists for inciting protests.
According to the report, the prosecution has ordered the arrests of Ahmed Maher, the leader of the April 6 youth movement, and Alaa Abdel Fattah, due to their involvement in protests, considered illegal under the new law, outside of parliament on Tuesday.
Twenty-four other activists were detained on Tuesday based on allegations of thuggery, attacking public employees, stealing wireless devices, and protesting without permission, according to the report. Their cases are still pending investigation.
The new protest law which restricts protest activity, was passed by the army-backed government on Sunday. Security officials used tear gas and water cannons against the peaceful protestors Tuesday to disperse the "illegal" gathering.