Egyptian police arrest leading activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah

Reuters, Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Nov 2013

Egyptian police arrested a leading political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah on Thursday after the prosecutor ordered he be detained for inciting protests, a security official said.

Abdel-Fattah's wife, Manal Hassan, tweeted that policemen beat and insulted her while arresting her husband, in addition to taking their laptops and cellphones.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah was a symbol of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. He was ordered arrested on Wednesday and accused of taking part in protests organised in defiance of a new law that imposes heavy restrictions on demonstrations.
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