Hundreds of prisoners at Tora Reception prison in Cairo have been protesting since Friday due to grave mistreatment in the past two weeks, according to two sources who spoke to Mada Masr, one of whom is a human rights lawyer who has been following the ...
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Hundreds of prisoners at Tora Reception prison in Cairo have been protesting since Friday due to grave mistreatment in the past two weeks, according to two sources who spoke to Mada Masr, one of whom is a human rights lawyer who has been following the events.
While the Interior Ministry has not issued a statement on the protests, the two sources said that an inspection unit from the ministry has carried out a security campaign in at least four prison wards over the past two weeks, confiscating all of the prisoners’ personal belongings, leaving only two blankets and two prison uniforms for each inmate.
Prisoners have also been deprived of outdoor activities and the right to use their commissary accounts — money the prison administration holds and allows prisoners to spend. The prisoner cafeteria and clinics have also been shut down. At least two prisoners were transferred to disciplinary cells after being physically attacked and stripped of their clothing by prison security because they protested against the clampdown.
As the intensive search and confiscation campaign continued through Friday, prisoners started chanting and banging on the doors of their cells, before some of them escalated their protest on Sunday by refusing to eat the food provided by the prison administration, the two sources told Mada Masr.
The human rights lawyer estimated that about 70 percent of the prison’s inmates are refusing to take the food provided by the prison, even though most of them had relied on the administration’s food over the past months due to the reduction of visits and the temporary refusal to admit any food from the prisoners’ families.