Egypt arrests satirical artists group ‘Street Children’

May 15, 2016

‘Street Children’ is a group of teens who produce satirical videos to criticise the political system and the ailing political and economic situation in Egypt.

Ezz El-Din Khaled, one of the band members, was previously arrested on charges of inciting protests and publishing inappropriate videos online. After spending a day in detention, Khaled was released on EGP 10,000 bail.

Security forces arrested the remaining members of the local street band ‘Street Children’ on May 9.

‘Street Children’ gained fame online for its satirical videos posted on Facebook about ongoing political events and leaders, namely President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Khaled’s arrest stirred anger on social media, particularly among young people, who contested that sarcasm is not a crime.

In one of their latest videos, published on 3 May-four days prior to Khaled’s arrest-the band criticised the increasing number of arrests and Al-Sisi supporters. They also confronted the alleged accusations of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and receiving foreign funding.

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