By Simon Assaf
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Egypt regime arrests revolutionaries

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Issue 403

The Egyptian state has once again arrested Mahienour el-Massry.

Mahienour, along with renowned revolutionary Youssef Shaaban and six others, has been charged with storming the al-Raml police station in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in March 2013.

On the day a small group of demonstrators staged a protest outside the trial of policemen accused of murdering political blogger Khaled Said, whose death triggered the 25 January revolution.

According to witnesses a group of armed thugs attacked the protest, after which police arrested the demonstrators for attempting to “storm the court”.

Bizarrely they are also accused of torching the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Islamist opposition movement has been outlawed by the military regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and its leader, the former president Mohammed Morsi, along with hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, is facing death sentence handed down by a regime court.

This is the second time that Massry, who is a human rights lawyer, has been jailed.

She recently served four months on a two-year sentence for holding an “illegal protest” in December 2013.

The regime is desperate to snuff out any dissent after its coup deposed Morsi last May. It has rounded up hundreds of his supporters, and condemned many to death on spurious charges.

The regime is now also attempting to silence many of the activists that rose to prominence during the revolution.


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