CAIRO – Rights lawyers say Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers ahead of planned demonstrations against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Rights lawyer Ahmed Abdel-Naby said Friday that dozens were arrested in cafes in downtown Cairo and from their homes. Ragia Omran, another rights lawyer, said in a statement that there is an "organized campaign" targeting activists in Cairo and several provinces.
A youth group called Revolutionary Socialists says a top member, Haitham Muhammadeen, was arrested when security forces raided his home late Thursday.
Several political parties and prominent activists have called for mass protests on April 25.
The Interior Ministry's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.