Izbat al-Burj fishermen demonstrated in the northern Damietta governorate, and whistled their boats to protest the arrest of a number of them and their transfer to military trials without giving reasons.
It was reported that the reason for the demonstration was the fishermen’s demand to release their colleagues and allow them to fish freely in Egyptian territorial waters, as was previously the case.
The fishermen of Izbat Al-Burj in Damietta blew their boats to protest the arrest of a number of them and their transfer to military trials without giving reasons pic.twitter.com/S3CML45yz8
– Al Jazeera Egypt (@AJA_Egypt) September 27, 2020
Izbat al-Burj is located in Damietta Governorate, and most of its residents work in the profession of fishing and shipbuilding.
The governorate of Damietta is located in the north of the Nile Delta, 15 km from the mouth of the river in the Mediterranean, bisected by the Nile River (Damietta branch) into two halves, bounded to the north by the Mediterranean, to the east by Lake Manzala, and to the south and west by the delta farms and plains.
“Boats protest by blowing their whistles”, the largest marine fishing fleet in Egypt, demonstrating against the imprisonment of fishermen, their transfer to a military trial and their banning of fishing in the East Port Said region pic.twitter.com/T5IMkwGK3r
– Amr Elqazaz (@amrsalama) September 28, 2020
The Egyptian government issued decisions banning fishermen from fishing in the East Port Said region until Al-Arish and the eastern border, which is an essential fishing area for Izbat Al-Burj fishermen.
Yesterday the hunters at Ezbet El-Burj worked politely and respectfully standing on top of the land
All of their demands are to facilitate the obstacles before them to pursue their livelihoods …
But I really wish someone would feel that the people are tired over what the military imagines to lock them down, their source of livelihood, and they are arrested from the sea and there are boats that have expired from the corner.
God suffices us#Sisi leave pic.twitter.com/Q86kLMGfjn
– 🇪🇬 free revolutionary ✌️️🇪🇬 (@ mm20030001) September 28, 2020
A number of fishermen were arrested and transferred to the Military Prosecution, due to their fishing in East Port Said.
“Who is spending on us? We got our livelihood day by day.” … The people of the fishermen of Ezbet Al Burj in Damietta are demanding the release of their families pic.twitter.com/u6ptBfTkjJ
– Al Jazeera Egypt (@AJA_Egypt) September 28, 2020
The government also prevented the issuance of licenses for new boats, while the head of the Suez Canal Authority launched a project to build a number of national fishing boats.
A protest stand by fishing boats organized by fishermen in Ezbet El-Burj city, Damietta, to protest against poor living conditions# A million_greetings for the galabiyya #Sisi leave#Het_yamshawk #The people want to overthrow the regime Down with all military dogs #Definition #Discover_Sissi #Cosplay pic.twitter.com/v6lBJlAxfv
– Saffieldiyn (@safieldiyn) September 27, 2020
The demonstration took place on Sunday evening with boats on Nile Street in the city of Ras Al-Bar, near the Coast Guard point that monitors the movement of fishermen in and out of Izbat Al-Burj Bogaz.
Ezbet El-Burj fishermen organize a boat stop against hunger and military trialshttps://t.co/AVg4cNxopf
Revolutionary Socialists (@RevSocMe) September 28, 2020
The manor tower
According to websites, Izbat al-Burj is located at the mouth of the Damietta branch in the Mediterranean, on the other bank of the Nile from the city of Ras al-Bar.
The reason for its name Izbat al-Burj is due to the tower that was guarding its shore from the external invasion, and it was obliterated by water and erosion factors, but its effect is still present in the Nile, where its place appears like an island of shallow water.
In order for no one to trade in the fishermen’s vigil now, the fishermen never had factional requirements or advocates for chaos all their demands …
Posted by Izbat Al-Burj electronic portal on Sunday, 27 September 2020
The city of Ezbet El-Borg is of great importance, as it is one of the largest ports for building ships and cruise yachts in Egypt.
It also has the largest marine fishing fleet in Egypt, as well as a fish canning factory.