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Egyptian female detainees released in desert following downtown clashes: Activist

Salma Said, one of activists detained following clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against military trials, says she and other female detainees were freed in desert

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Nov 2013
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Female activists who were arrested while protesting in Cairo’s downtown Tuesday were released several hours after clashes with security forces, only to find themselves in the desert, according to activist Salma Said.

Said, one of the prominent activists who were arrested while protesting against a constitutional article that allows military courts to try civilians, was one of tens who were captured by police forces in front of the Shura Council’s headquarters in downtown Cairo.

“We were thrown in the desert, our friends found us and we are all ok,” she tweeted, adding that their friends came to pick them up.

Police forces dispersed the protest 30 minutes after it commenced, using water cannons and teargas two days after a new controversial protest law was issued. Videos showed the police physically assaulting protesters.

The interior ministry justified the dispersal, saying the gathering broke a newly enforced protest law since the organisers did not notify authorities of their actions as the new legislation stipulates.

An earlier protest against the new anti-protest law was similarly dispersed on Tuesday. The demonstration was led by the Martyr Gaber Salah Movement, a group named after 16-year old activist Gaber Salah ("Jika"), who was killed in clashes with security forces in November 2012.

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George
27-11-2013 06:55am
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a message to Sisi supporters
This is a message to those who thought that the Sisi junta would bring salvation to Egypt. It is bringing disgrace and econimic ruin.
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Guest
27-11-2013 05:05pm
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Go back to work!
Since 4 months hardly a day passed without demonstrations/protests. Many of them are destructive, destroying public and private property, blocking roads, causing massive delays to people who are on their way to work. That is what ruins the economy and not Gen. Sisi! Besides, most countries have regulations regarding demonstrations, requiring to obtain an approval by the authorities beforehand. As a citizen, you don’t have rights only, but obligations are well.
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Roslyn Hood
27-11-2013 01:52am
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What a disgrace!
This is the respect that the regime shows for women, this is surely not in the new constitution! Shame!If they are considered to be breaking the law, arrest them and treat them fairly, but this is an outrage!
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amir
27-11-2013 01:48am
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hypocrite when secular protest and get arrested and are set free in evening and when Islamist protest and get arrested they rot in jail for years
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Hasan
27-11-2013 06:41am
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Double standard
Dear Amir, dont be so innocent,you didnt see when the junta arrested liberals whole world woke up..? The UN, the US, International Rights orgonisation etc the reason is obvious, they can't resist their masters.They don't care about poort Egyptians no doubt they are in majority but they are poor and no western powers recognize their human and decomcratic rights.Can you the biased Egyptian media it self..? They were appreciate the Junta when they were brutally executing the Islamists on Egyptian streets in the very day light now they cursing the same junta when they just pin the liberals.The West and their liberal allies have double standards.They only recognize human and deocratic rights for liberals not for islamists.
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