Egypt protests

This item appears on page 19 of the November 2019 issue.

Large anticorruption protests were held over four days in major cities in Egypt starting on Sept. 23, leading to the detention of more than 1,900 people. These were the largest protests since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2013. Since that time, public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval have been illegal.

Many protesters called for Sisi to step down. Some of those arrested did not attend the protests but were accused of inciting unrest via social media.