April 2, 2012

Egyptian Beja protest arrests

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In Aswan Egypt, Ababda Beja have demonstrated in the streets after numerous sheep herders in the countryside east of the Nile were arrested. Apparently they had inadequate personal identification, though they do have permits for raising their animals.

Border guards have declared martial law, and confiscated animals. People from the ababda and albasharet tribes are calling for the provision of proper ID cards for their children, and for proper procedures under the rule of law.

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