Protesters gather in central Cairo shouting anti-government slogans last week [Mohamed Abd el-Ghany/Reuters]
Egyptian demonstrators are expected to stage protests on Friday with Twitter hashtags and social media accounts urging people to take to the streets and peacefully demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested since rare protests broke out in several cities last week calling on el-Sisi to step down. Thousands marched against the president’s rule after corruption allegations emerged surrounding his and his family’s lavish spending.
Security forces on Wednesday detained several prominent Egyptian intellectuals and public figures, including Hassan Nafaa, a political science professor at Cairo University and well-known columnist.
“I have no doubt that the continuation of el-Sisi’s absolute rule will lead