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Labor lawyer Haytham Mohamadeen arrested from his house

Police forces arrested labor lawyer and member of the Revolutionary Socialists movement Haytham Mohamadeen late Thursday night, the latest in a recent string of activist arrests.

According to lawyer Mohamed Abdel Aziz, national security and police personnel stormed Mohamadeen’s house before arresting him.

Mohamadeen, a vocal activist who has been active in labor causes since the early 2000s, was among a group of activists arrested in April 2016 following calls to protest the maritime border agreement through which Egypt ceded sovereignty of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. He was imprisoned until October over charges of inciting protests. He was released pending investigations.

On Wednesday, the prosecution renewed the detention of satirist Shady Abu Zeid for 15 days over charges of joining an outlawed group and spreading false news. Abu Zeid, who posts satirical videos on social media, including footage of interviews with citizens on the street, was also arrested from his home.

After being released on bail, activist Shady al-Ghazaly Harb was handed a 15-day detention order on Tuesday on charges of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group. He was brought before the State Security Prosecution for questioning earlier that day. Ghazaly Harb had already been interrogated by the Giza prosecution on Monday in relation to tweets commenting on Egypt’s foreign relations.

Similarly, activist Amal Fathy was arrested last week and remains in custody after she posted a video on Facebook criticizing the ongoing crackdown on political opposition in Egypt, as well as a number of other socioeconomic issues.

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