Egypt Independent

55 November clashes defendants released



The Qasr al-Nil Misdemeanor Court released on Sunday 55 defendants accused of assaulting police forces at Simon Bolivar Square near the US Embassy and on Mohamed Mahmoud Street near the Interior Ministry, on bail of LE1,000 each.

The defense said the defendants were arrested randomly by police officers and were innocent of the charges.

Tight security was imposed in front of the court during the hearing.

Clashes erupted on 20 November at Mohamed Mahmoud Street during commemorations of the 2011 violence, which left over 40 protesters dead. The recent violence, which extended to Simon Bolivar Square near the US Embassy, has killed at least two people and injured 310. The Interior Ministry reported that 648 protesters were arrested and 292 officers wounded.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm