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Egypt: New Anti-Protest Law Puts Internet-Based Protesters in Jeopardy

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Alaa Abd El Fattah and His Wife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was arrested in his home at approximately 10pm on Thursday, November 28. An arrest warrant was issued for Abd El Fattah this past Tuesday, following violent dispersal of protestors in Cairo. The blogger’s father told local media he believed the arrest was made under a new law effectively banning street protest in Egypt. At least 51 people were arrested that day, among them several prominent activists. Many were beaten and sexually harrassed.

Alaa was taken by police despite having declared that he’d deliver himself to the police on Saturday, according to a statement he made and that his aunt, renowned Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, posted on Facebook.

According to his wife, Manal, police used violent force when the arrest took place

http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/29/egyptian-activist-alaa-abd-el-fattah-arrested-again/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

December 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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