Egyptian activists have taken to social media in droves to support an online campaign demanding the release from detention of members of a satirical street group whose selfie-style video clips mocked the country's president.

Activists on Thursday posted phone-wielding selfies entitled "does a mobile phone camera scare you?" and directed at President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Police this week arrested four members of the group Awlad el-Shawarea, or "Street children." A fifth member was arrested over the weekend but was later released on bail. They are facing a host of charges including inciting terror attacks and street protests as well as insulting state institutions.

A recent clip by the group was entitled "el-Sissi, my president, made things worse" while another clip mocked the president's habit of ending speeches with "Long live Egypt!"