A protest broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but police quickly dispersed them.
Dozens of people joined demonstrations around Tahrir Square; the epicentre of the 2011 revolution that toppled the country’s long-time autocratic leader.
Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-President Mohamed Morsi.
Amid a heavy security presence, including riot police and plainclothes police officers, protesters were rounded up.
Some journalists saw about five protesters being arrested and police firing tear gas at demonstrators around the square.
Under the rule of general-turned-President Sisi, who led Morsi’s ouster, authorities have launched a broad crackdown on dissidents, jailing thousands of Islamists as well as secular activists and popular bloggers.