70 people arrested in Egypt ahead of possible protests


COP27 in Egypt

The so-called COP begins on November 6th in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. There, representatives from around 200 countries want to debate for two weeks how global warming can be curbed.


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Cairo In advance to UN Climate Change Conference COP27 are in Egypt around 70 people were arrested. The German Press Agency learned this from security circles on Sunday. In addition, security forces sometimes demanded ID cards from pedestrians and checked their cell phones arbitrarily, it said. Human rights lawyer Mohammed Ramadan told news site Mada Masr that “hundreds” had been arbitrarily detained in the coastal city of Alexandria. The background is calls for protests in the country on November 11th.

The so-called COP begins on November 6th in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. There, representatives from around 200 countries want to debate for two weeks how global warming can be curbed. Protests by climate protection activists, for example, are permitted in a specially set up zone next to the conference center. Otherwise, demonstrations are effectively forbidden in Egypt.

Calls for protests on November 11th and thus during the COP have been circulating on social media for days. One of the flyers on Twitter speaks of “the last chance to save Egypt”. A hashtag with the words “All of us against Sisi” made the rounds – in reference to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Previously there was talk of a planned “climate revolution” on November 11th. On this day, US President Joe Biden is expected at the conference in Sharm. The US Embassy in Cairo also pointed out that there had been calls for demonstrations.

Al-Sisi came to power in 2013 after an army putsch and has ruled the country with an iron fist ever since. There is no serious political opposition. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press have been massively curtailed. Human rights activists repeatedly report violations by security forces, some of which are serious, such as torture and extrajudicial killings. The government has promised improvements. organizations like Amnesty International continue to describe the human rights situation as catastrophic.

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