[Ppnews] Egyptians call for prisoners' release

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Wed Feb 16 14:32:39 EST 2011

Egyptians call for prisoners' release

Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:10PM

Some family members of the prisoners do not even know where their 
loved ones are, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Many of the prisoners have been held captive for decades and deprived 
of the basic commodities.

A group of Egypt's youths have announced that they have established a 
board of trustees to represent them in the political arena.

Reports say at least 500 people were arrested in the recent popular 
protests that toppled the ruling regime.

But an estimated 17,000 political prisoners were already locked up in 
Egyptian prisons, which are notorious for the use of torture.

Egypt protests toll at 365

Meanwhile, Egypt's health ministry said on Wednesday around 365 
people were killed during weeks long protest rallies across Egypt 
that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

"The total number of deaths in the events witnessed by Egypt is 
around 365 ... and 5,500 were treated for injuries," Health Minister 
Sameh Farid said in statement.

Activists have demanded the release of political prisoners, the 
lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbandment of 
military court. They say demonstrations will continue until the army 
accepts the reforms.

This is while the reopening of schools and universities has been 
delayed for another week.

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