Cairo (QNN)- Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 1,500 protesters, two rights groups said Wednesday, in the wake of rare anti-regime protests last week.
Eight Egyptian human rights groups urged Egyptian authorities to immediately release the detainees, who reached over 1500 and were detained during protests.
The detainees include the spokesperson of former army chief of staff Sami Anan, who posted comments on Facebook critical of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Hazem Hosny, who is also a prominent political scientist, was arrested on Tuesday evening, his lawyer, Nour Farahat, said on Wednesday.
Hosny, a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, has written Facebook posts critical of Sisi and hailed the “positive role” played by exiled whistleblower Mohamed Ali, whose video messages urging Egyptians to protest against the government brought crowds onto the streets of major cities last Friday, prompting a wave of arrests.
Security forces also reportedly arrested Hassan Nafaa, another political scientist and former Sisi supporter who recently backed the popular protests against his rule.