Police arrest Egypt activist over call to protest

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 12:33 AM

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a prominent Egyptian political activist says he was arrested by government security forces on Thursday night over inciting a demonstration in defiance of a new law heavily restricting protests in the country.

The arrest of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a blogger who rose to prominence in Egypt's 2011 revolution, is dominating social media. His previous detention sparked protests against the military, which appears likely again. Liberal and secular groups who've been quiet recently are now expressing increased alarm over the military-backed government since it enacted the new protest law this week.

Meanwhile, police used tear gas and water cannons Thursday to disperse protesting students and supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president, sparking clashes that killed one person.

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