21 mem­bers of Ul­tras White Knights ar­rested over protest against Mor­tada Man­sour

We re­ject talks un­til all jailed mem­bers re­leased, UWK says

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Fatma Lotfi

At least 21 mem­bers of the Za­malek Sport­ing Club fan group, the Ul­tras White Knights (UWK), were ar­rested on Fri­day, when they were demon­strat­ing against the chair­per­son of the club, Mor­tada Man­sour, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

The UWK said in a state­ment last Wed­nes­day that the war against fans has never ceased since Man­sour was elected. “Man­sour in­cited the se­cu­rity forces against us, seek­ing to stig­ma­tise our group with ter­ror­ism,” the state­ment read. Fur­ther, it noted that the group is not po­lit­i­cal and only loves to cheer for Za­malek, say­ing that has been their mo­ti­va­tion since UWK was es­tab­lished in 2007.

Mean­while, the UWK state­ment fur­ther read that the group does not re­ject any in­vi­ta­tions for di­a­logue, but it be­lieves that it will never suc­ceed un­less all jailed fans, in­clud­ing its lead­ing mem­bers Sayed Moshagheb and Mostafa Tolba, are re­leased.

Moshagheb and oth­ers were ar­rested fol­low­ing the Air De­fence Sta­dium events, when 22 Za­malek fans were killed in Fe­bru­ary 2015. He and seven oth­ers are ac­cused of set­ting up an il­le­gal group with the aim of sab­o­tag­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and prevent­ing the state from car­ry­ing out its func­tions, as well as harm­ing so­ci­ety and na­tional unity.

Chair­per­son of Za­malek Sport­ing Club, Mor­tada Man­sour

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