The Egyptian Public Prosecutor ordered the release of 68 children whom the Egyptian authorities had arrested for their participation in demonstrations that took place in a number of Egyptian villages and towns during the past few days.
A statement regarding the release of the children stated that the Attorney General’s decision was taken after “taking an undertaking on their guardians to protect them and take good care of them and not allow them to commit such acts in the future, and not expose them to danger again.
Some Egyptian villages have witnessed limited gatherings of protesters against President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during the past days.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Egypt ordered the detention of nearly 400 people who were arrested in connection with calls to demonstrate, according to human rights sources.
On Sunday, Sisi said that he is “betting on the awareness of the Egyptians” in confronting what he called “plans and attempts to destroy the state, suspicion and intimidation” carried out by unnamed parties.
This statement came on the sidelines of the Egyptian President’s inauguration of development projects east of the capital, Cairo.
Al-Sisi warned against “attempts at deception” that came in response to his government’s attempts to “restore stability and security” to the country.
The Egyptian contractor and opposition artist, Mohamed Ali, had renewed his call for demonstrations against the Sisi regime.
Ali, who lives in Spain, called on Egyptians to go out to demonstrate on September 20 against what he said was “an economic crisis in the country, demolishing homes, and failure to address the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis.”
Last Friday, there was a state of security alert in Cairo and some governorates of Egypt after Ali, who recently submitted an asylum application to Spain, called on citizens to demonstrate.
During the past few days, the country witnessed limited night demonstrations in a number of villages calling for Sisi to leave the government.
Social networking sites and opposition TV channels, broadcasting from Turkey, have published video clips over the past days showing night demonstrations in which dozens are taking part in some villages and provinces. The BBC has not confirmed the authenticity of these photos.