A sit-in began on Tuesday night in the city of El-Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai calling on the city’s residents, along with those in Rafah and Central Sinai, to protest for 10 days in hopes that their demands would be heard and brought before President Mohamed Morsy.
The sit-in was held in a public park in one of the city’s squares, and was attended by dozens of tribesmen and political activists.
Abd Al-Qadr Mubarak, a coordinator of the sit-in and member of the Al-Suwarka tribe, stated that the protest would last 10 days and present a total of 10 demands.
Mubarak stated that the people of Sinai have been systematically marginalised, repressed, and exposed to the most brutal conditions for over 30 years.
According to Mubarak, they have been packed into prisons and tortured by executioners of the former regime which has discriminated against from court rooms in Cairo. He accused the regime of haphazardly accusing all those who live in Sinai of acts of criminality, while those who live in the region stand idly by as their rights are trampled upon.
Hussayn Al-Qayem, a political activist in El-Sheikh Zuweid, stated that as long as the regime continues to ignore their demands, then the response will be painful.
(Nasser Azizi/Daily news Egypt)