Egypt Holds 300 Protesters After Clashes

May 6, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015


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Egyptian General Mukhtar al-Mulla (L), Major General Mohammed al-Assar (C), and General Mamdouh Shahen (R), members of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), hold a press conference in Cairo on May 3, following clashes in Cairo on May 2. ( -/AFP/Getty Images)

Around 300 people were arrested and at least two killed over the weekend in Egypt after deadly clashes in Cairo, according to media reports.

A military source told the Al-Arabiya that the detainees will be held for 15 days, but that “the military judiciary has decided to release all the women” who were detained. Activists told the network that less than 20 women were detained.

They took part in demonstrations against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) at the ministry of defense building.

Many of those who have been held are accused of assaulting police and army officers in a military zone. The protesters have denied the charges.

On Friday night, the SCAF issued a curfew between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. in the area around the defense ministry, according to the Al-Ahram.

Members of the SCAF last Thursday held a press conference following the first clashes outside of the defense ministry building, saying that they would still hand over power to a civilian government in late June.

The country is slated to hold presidential elections in two weeks—the first since President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power in February 2011.