Thousands of Egyptian citizens have found a clever way to respond to government censorship: by posting cell phone selfies with the confrontational hashtag “Does a mobile phone camera shake you?”
The question is directed at Egyptian authorities, who arrested five members of a satirical troupe Atfal al Shawarea, or Street Children, earlier this week. The group is known for using phone cameras to shoot selfie-style videos that criticize the government.
Atfal al Shawarea’s videos are typically filmed on the streets of Cairo as the troupe’s six members perform a mix of spoken dialogue and song. The group posted a clip earlier this month titled “Sisi my president has brought us down,” ridiculing the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.
The satirists are now being investigated for “inciting protests that aim to disrupt peace and security and cause violent crimes against state institutions,” reported Egyptian news website Ahram Online. The BBC says four of the men were held “on suspicion of insulting state institutions and inciting protests,” while another was detained on similar charges.
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