Tunisian activists plan protests in solidarity with Egyptians over Red Sea islands
Egyptian protests chanting slogans against the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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Tunisian activists released a statement calling for protests in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Tunis in solidarity with planned 25 April demonstrations in Egypt against the transfer of sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, Tunisian activists the nationwide security raid that took place in different governorates throughout Egypt on Thursday and Friday.
The statement read: ”We reject the arrests carried out recently by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi against the Egyptian people in an attempt to thwart the 25 April movement organized by a group of revolutionary forces in Egypt.”
The statement called the maritime demarcation agreement a ”heinous crime” committed by the regime against the Egyptian people who have defended their land with their blood, and condemned human rights violations in Egypt, including enforced disappearances, kidnappings, and killings.
The Tunisian activists concluded by saying that they believe in the Egyptian revolution, and the Tunisian people will always support it. They also called for all supporters of justice and freedom to join their protest.
Meanwhile, Egyptians abroad continue to rejection the maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. A group of Egyptians held demonstrations in The Hague over the decisios, where protestors held up banners that read ”Egypt is not for sale”, and ”Awad sold your land”.
At least 74 people were detained in Egypt during nationwide security raids that began on Thursday and carried on into Friday. The raids are believed to have a direct correlation with the protests planned for 25 April.
On 15 April, hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets all over the country, defying the controversial Protest Law and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s orders “not to talk” about the recent Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation deal.
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