Religious Dictatotrship in Egypt Arrests Sarah Hegazy and Ahmed Alaa 15 Daysfor Raising the Rainbow flag

A call to President El Sissi Free Sarah Hegazy and Ahmed Alaa

Two Suspected of Being Gay Detained for 15 Days Pending Investigation Over Flying LGBT Flags at Concert in Egypt

Egypt’s Supreme National Security Prosecution ordered the arrest of a young Egyptian man and woman on Tuesday for 15 days, pending ongoing investigations, on charges of waving a LGBT flag during a concert in Egypt.

According to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, Ahmed Alaa, and Sarah Hegazy arrested by security forces in the wake of massive controversy and outrage on Egyptian social media after they held up a LGBT flags during a recent performance by renowned Lebanese band, ‘Masrou Leila’, in Cairo.

Alaa and Hegazi were not alone in their support, during the September 22nd concert a number of young Egyptians raised LGBT flags to show solidarity with the founder of the band,
American-Lebanese singer Hamed Sinno. The band member previously came out as gay in a televised interview and supports LGBT rights.

7 Mashrou’ Leila fans arrested over encouraging homosexuality
Photos of the public gesture were spread on social media and generated outrage among many users.

Police authorities launched a sweeping campaign to find participants of the flag raising. State media outlets reported that six people have been arrested and are imprisoned so far, pending investigations.
They were both charged with “joining a group formed in contrary to the law” and “propagating that group’s idea”. Hegazy faced a further charge of “promoting sexual deviancy and debauchery” and the Supreme State Security Prosecution ordered them detained for 15 days, lawyer Amr Mohamed told Reuters.

Two men had been arrested earlier in relation to the flag incident but one was released. The remaining arrests were unrelated to the incident but have all been over the perceived sexual orientation of the defendants and came after it.

At least 10 men were arrested between Sept. 28-30 and six others earlier that week, judicial sources said. All 16 went on trial on Sunday charged with “promoting sexual deviancy” and “debauchery”, euphemisms for homosexuality. A verdict is due on Oct. 29.

One man has been sentenced to six years in jail over similar charges.

A call to President El Sissi Free Sarah Hegazy and Ahmed Alaa

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