Protests began after an Egyptian Businessman posted videos accusing the president of corruption, and the military of wasting public money.
Rabat – Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 1,000 people, on Wednesday, September 25, amid protests calling for an end to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidency.
The Egyptian Centre for Freedoms and Rights said that authorities have arrested 1,003 protesters, while the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights reported the arrest of 1,298 protesters.
On Tuesday, September 24, authorities arrested two prominent academics, Hazem Hosny and Hassan Nafaa.
Police arrested Hosny, a political science professor at Cairo University, in front of his home. The arrest was reported by his lawyer Tarek al-Awadi on Facebook. In recent days, the professor has been critical to Sissi on social media.
The professor was a spokesman for former Egyptian military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was arrested after attempting to run against Sisi in last year’s presidential elections.
Hassan Nafaa, another professor of political science at the same university, was detained at his home late on Tuesday, family sources told AFP.
In a statement to AFP earlier this week, Nafaa said that “Sisi’s desired image as “Egypt’s saviour from Muslim Brotherhood rule… has been completely dismantled.”
Protests broke out after Mohamed Aly, an exiled Egyptian businessman living in Spain, posted videos accusing Sissi of corruption and the military of wasting public money on building luxurious properties.
Sissi has dismissed the allegations as “lies and slander.”
Just last week, authorities arrested more than 600 Egyptian protesters.