Sunday, 22 September 2019 09:03

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A leading rights group has called for the "immediate release" of those arrested in Egypt following rare protests demanding the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

In a statement,Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Egyptian government to "protect the right to peaceful protest", after dozens were arrested for demonstrations across the country.

"Egypt's international partners, as well as the UN secretary-general, should call on the Egyptian government to respect people's rights to freedom of expression and assembly," the HRW statement said.

The rare display of dissent against el-Sisi's rule erupted in the capital, Cairo, and other cities, where hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets, chanting slogans including "Leave, Sisi!" and demanding the "fall of the regime".

At least 74 people have been arrested, a security source told the AFP news agency, while plain-clothes police officers patrolled the streets of downtown Cairo. 

El-Sisi led the military removal of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and won back-to-back landslide elections after running virtually unopposed.

 

SOURCE: AL Jazeera and News Agencies.