Jul 7, 2022

Egypt arrests organisers of joke 'Helwan Real Batman Battle' event

Four organisers of a joke Facebook event have been arrested in Egypt on charges of "Planning a riot" and "Using reactions... to make money". "Whoever is still alive is the real Batman," the event's description said. A few days later TV channels loyal to President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi expressed concern about the event, suggesting that it could be used to promote violence against law enforcement agencies. Unauthorised public gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned in Egypt since 2013.Social media platforms are still seen by many in Egypt as the last "Safe haven" for critics of President Sisi's rule. The arrest of the "Helwan Real Batman Battle" organisers comes four months before Egypt hosts a UN climate summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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