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Egypt Crackdown on protests: Alaa Abdel Fattah- 2011 uprising symbol, arrested

Cairo,Sep 29: A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was re-arrested on Sunday while he was under probation pointing to the fact that there is every possibility of more repression under President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

Following anti-government protests, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who rose to prominence during Egypt’s 2011 uprising, was re-arrested after spending five years in prison.
Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the flashpoint of the 2011 revolution, is again attracting protests, much thinner than the week before, when viral videos by an exiled disgruntled businessman accusing Sisi and the military of corruption tapped into simmering discontent at people’s economic woes.

Despite a heavy security presence in the capital, small-scale protests erupted in Cairo’s Warraq island district after Friday prayers and in southern Egypt.

Abdel Fattah has been detained several times for lobbying for civil rights on social media and in public. An influential blogger, he hails from a family of political activists, lawyers and writers. His late father was one of Egypt’s most tireless rights lawyers, his sisters are also political activists and his aunt is the award-winning novelist Ahdaf Soueif.

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