Egypt court sentences eleven ’11 Nov’ protesters to 3-5 years for inciting violence

The court also issued a 3 year sentence in absentia against Hamza Zobaa, an Egyptian TV presenter on a reportedly Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Turkish channel, for broadcasting false news and inciting violence against the state

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A security vehicle stationed at Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 11, 2016 (Photo:Reuters)

A Giza court issued on Monday prison sentences of three to five years for 11 people on criminal charges related to street protests on 11 November, according to Al-Ahram Arabic website.

The defendants , who were arrested in Imbaba, a densely populated working-class neighbourhood in Cairo. were convicted of protesting without a permit, inciting violence and disrupting public transportation.

In a related case, the court issued a three-year sentence in absentia against Hamza Zobaa, an Egyptian TV presenter on a Turkish channel, which is reportedly affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, for broadcasting false news and inciting violence against state institutions.

The call for demonstrations on 11 November were first circled in September by a little-known Facebook page named the “Revolution of the Poor” to protest against economic hardships.

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior accused the Muslim Brotherhood of sponsoring the call.

Small numbers of individuals took part in a limited number of demonstrations on the day designated for protests.

None of Egypt’s political parties or social movements publicly heeded the call to protest.