Egypt rocked by demos as protesters demand Sisi's resignation
Egypt has been the scene of mass protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past week, with demonstrators defying heavy-handed police crackdown across the North African country and demanding his resignation.
According to reports, the protests continued across Egyptian cities and rural areas for the seventh consecutive day on Saturday over corruption and deteriorating living conditions in the country, with protesters holding placards and chanting slogans against Sisi’s government.
The demonstrations, which regularly start after noon prayers, have over the past days drawn thousands of people to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, and the governorates of Giza, Damietta on the Nile Delta and Luxor in southern Egypt.
The rallies came a year after a limited protest movement was launched by Mohamed Ali, a prominent opposition figure and a former military contractor that accused Sisi’s government of wasting money on lavish construction projects.
The protests last year sparked a wide-ranging crackdown by Egypt’s police and security forces, with Amnesty International saying at least 4,000 people had been arrested during the unrest.
Local online news outlet Mada Masr reported that at least 150 people had appeared before the state security prosecutor, including 14 minors, this week.
Several videos were also posted online, purportedly showing security forces firing live bullets to disperse angry protesters in Egypt.
Media reports said at least one protester was killed on Friday after thousands of people defied a police crackdown to demonstrate against Sisi’s government.