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Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah Arrested Amid Growing Crackdown

HeadlineSep 30, 2019

The prominent Egyptian dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah has been arrested again amid a growing crackdown on anti-government protesters. Abd El-Fattah was arrested on Sunday as he was preparing to leave an Egyptian police station where he has been forced to sleep at night since being freed in March after serving a five-year prison sentence. A lawyer representing Abd El-Fattah was also arrested. Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 2,000 people amid an outbreak of anti-government protests. Alaa Abd El-Fattah was a leader of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. He spoke to Democracy Now! in 2014.

Alaa Abd El-Fattah: “So, they are on a sentencing frenzy. I mean, this is not just about me. And it’s almost as if it’s a war on a whole generation.”

Click here to see our recent coverage of the crackdown in Egypt.

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