Statement from Dokki and Agouza detainees announcing the start of an open-ended full hunger strike:
We, the detainees of 25th of April case, who have been sentenced to 5 years in prison for the Dokki and Agouza protests [against the selling of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia], announce that we have started an open-ended full hunger strike in protest of the unjust and oppressive sentence that has been passed against us, while ignoring the simplest definitions of justice.
We begin our strike Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 10:00 PM (CLT); 23 days following our arrest and detention on charges without evidence.
The 47 young men, include a sole-provider for a family, and others expecting children (who will effectively be labeled as orphans for 5 years due to this injustice). The 47 include engineers, doctors, students and labourers who live on per-day salaries. Dreams have been shattered and futures turned into oblivion, solely for suspicion that is unsubstantiated by evidence or true charges.
“We love life should we ever find a path to one” .. We love life, and that is exactly what pushed us towards this step since we found no other path to it. We enter our hunger-strike to defend our dreams and future, and the days of our lives spent in prison are wasted without any justification.
Signed below are some of the 47 detainees who have agreed to take part in a full, open-ended hunger strike. The names below are those who are starting first from among the 47, and they will shortly be followed with the remaining.
To our families and loved-ones: you give us the power and strength to carry on with your support, so please continue your support until we are beside you again
1- Nagy Kamel Abd El Meguid
2- Mohamed Nagy Abd El Maksoud
3- Mahmoud Samy
4- Ahmed Owaise
5- Mohamed Abd El Wahed
6- Islam Talaat
7- Hisham Adly
8- Remon Adel
9- Hassan Saad Hassan
10- Mohamed Abd El Razek
The 47 25th of April, Dokki and Agouza cases detainees