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17 people arrested on sixth anniversary of January 25 revolution

Despite the notable absence of protests across the country, 17 people were arrested Wednesday in Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta on the sixth anniversary of the January 25 revolution.

Those arrested include member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Khaled Mahmoud, who was taken from his home in the southern Cairo district of Helwan, as well as four others from Dar al-Salam district in southern Cairo.

Mahmoud was arrested on Wednesday at dawn, according to lawyer Mahmoud Haidar, and was interrogated before prosecution extended his detention to Thursday, awaiting national security agency reports. Mahmoud faces charges of forming an illegal group to commemorate the anniversary of the revolution, inciting citizens against the government, calling for obstructing public facilities and printing and distributing anti-government material.

The four young men arrested at Dar al-Salam — Sayed Mansy, Hossam al-Araby, Islam Mahmoud and Ahmed Jeek — were rounded up while sitting in a café on Wednesday night, according to Haidar. They are currently awaiting interrogation, as lawyers were unable to access police investigation records to determine the charges against them.

The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and several other lawyers announced that five people were arrested in Alexandria and are currently awaiting interrogation, including Islam Atef, Ali Gaber, Ahmed Dino, Ahmed Gamal, Hassan Ali and Karioka.

Six others were arrested in Tanta, either from their homes or from the streets, including Haitham al-Gazzar, Mohamed Nasser, Wael Mohamed, Ibrahim Samir, Mohamed al-Qasaby and Mostafa Rageh.

Although there were no organized protests in Egypt on Wednesday and political parties and movements did not call for any action, residents reported house inspections and raids by security forces, particularly in downtown Cairo, Mounira and Garden City in the lead up to the anniversary.

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