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Monday, 30 September 2019

Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah rearrested amid government protest crackdown

Noted activist Alaa Abdel Fattah detained: Alaa Abdel Fattah, a journalist, blogger and developer whose activism predates the 2011 revolution, was arrested on Sunday. He was reportedly detained while inside a police station to which he reports daily at 6pm for a 12-hour stay as part of his parole six months ago after having completed a five-year sentence related to his activism. His sister Mona Seif wrote on social media that Abdel Fattah had been detained by national security officers. A security source told Reuters that Abdel Fattah had been arrested on charges of spreading rumors and encouraging protests. His lawyer, Mohamed El Baqer, was also arrested on Sunday, according to Seif and another lawyer, Amr Imam.

The story is getting wide attention, having been picked up by the Associated Press and the Financial Times. Meanwhile, Sudan’s foreign ministry has summoned Egypt’s ambassador to Khartoum after demonstrators there called yesterday for the release of a Sudanese student reportedly arrested in Egypt, Agence France-Presse reports. RT Arabic also has the story.

Background: Nearly 2k people have been detained since protests two weekends ago.

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