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Egyptians demand blogger’s freedom

by Anne Alexander
Issue No. 2276

Thousands took to the streets of Cairo on Monday to demand the release of Alaa Abd El-Fatah, one of Egypt’s most prominent bloggers and political activists.

Alaa had been arrested earlier that day after he refused to submit to interrogation by military prosecutors.

At least 12,000 Egyptian civilians have been subjected to military trials since February, when the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took power. Alaa and others have campaigned for this to end.

Prosecutors accused Alaa of violence and incitement to violence against the military on 9 October in Maspero, where at least 23 people were killed in an attack on a Coptic Christian demonstration.

The regime of Hosni Mubarak jailed Alaa in 2006 after he took part in a peaceful protest. For many Egyptians his prosecution symbolises how much of that regime remains intact—and how much further the revolution needs to be taken.

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Tue 1 Nov 2011, 19:35 GMT
Issue No. 2276
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