Egyptian police arrest 20 protesters

SHARQAWEYA, Egypt, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Police arrested 20 people for blocking a main road in Egypt in a protest over the alleged torture and death of a man, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

The Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road was blocked for nine hours, the Ministry said in a statement.


The protest was centered in the village of Sharqaweya, where a citizen, identified as Sameh M.F., 32, was arrested Wednesday for dug possession, the Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm said Friday.

The suspect's family charged he was beaten to death at the nearby Shubra al-Kheima police station, but the ministry statement said he felt sick after arriving at the police station and died after he was transferred to a hospital.

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