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Anti-Sisi demonstrations in Egypt: several arrests in Tahrir Square

Small-scale anti-Sisi demonstrations took place in the capital and other Egyptian cities and quickly spread by the police.

Videos posted on social networks showed lots of people gathered in the cities of Alexandria, Al-Mahalla and Damietta in the Nile Delta, as well as in Suez.

In Cairo, AFP reporters witnessed five arrests during the nightly shooting at Tahrir Square, the center of the 2011 revolution that led to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

Friday's demonstrations repeated calls made on social networks, especially from an Egyptian businessman in exile, Mohamed Ali. From Spain, this construction contractor has published several viral videos demanding that President Al-Sisi and the military be controlled, which he accuses of corruption.

Protests against the government are rare in Egypt, where they are banned under a law passed in 201

3 following the military coup led by General al-Sisi against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Since this coup, the Egyptian regime has ruthlessly cracked the opposition and imprisoned thousands of Islamists, civil society activists and bloggers.

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