April 6 Youth Movement member Amal Fathy abdel Tawab – Photo courtesy of Facebook
CAIRO – 11 May 2018: Egypt Security Forces on Friday arrested member of April 6 Youth Movement Amal Fathy Abdel-Tawab and detained her for six days pending investigation under accusations of defamation, insulting the Egyptian state and assaulting Banque Misr employees.
Last week, Abdel-Tawab started a live video on her Facebook page, while angrily-telling a situation that happened to her as she was finishing a routine procedures for reactivating her bank account; however she started to mention several bureaucracy-situations that delayed the procedures for a long time.
She added that she faced some verbal sexual harassments and finally she started to assault everyone inside the bank. Abdel-Tawab’s video was full of inappropriate words and insults against the state, police, Egyptians and even herself for living in the country.
Arresting Abdel-Tawab came as results of official complain issued against her by the bank employees. They accused her with assaulting and attacking them.
According to the State Security Prosecution, Abdel-Tawab, among others, are wanted for inciting the public opinion, aiming to destabilize the state.
Abdel-Tawab also works for the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), which is headed by her spouse Mohamed Loutfy. The NGO posted a statement on its official Facebook page on May 11, saying she was arrested.
The April 6 Youth Movement is an Egyptian opposition group that was established in 2008. The movement used to play a key role before the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak; however after the revolution of January 25, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces accused them of treason and making disputes between them and Egyptians.
FILE-The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces statement accusing April 6 Youth Movement of treason