Egypt court sentences 71 persons to 10 years in jail for ‘protesting without permission’

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 71 persons to prison for 10 years each for “protesting without a security permission and inciting riots” over protests that took place in November 2016 and were dubbed in the media as “The Poor’s Uprising” protests, Anadolu Agency reported, citing the defendants’ lawyer. As for those who were sentenced in absentia, they may appeal only after they have been arrested or have turned themselves into the police. The Egyptian assembly law, which was issued by an interim government in 2013 following a military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi as president, requires protesters to acquire an approval from the police before protesting.