Prominent Egyptian activists begin hunger strike in jail

By REUTERS
December 26, 2013 18:15

 
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CAIRO - Three jailed Egyptian political activists have started a hunger strike against what they describe as mistreatment in prison, said a statement on the website of the April 6 protest movement that two of them belonged to.

A court this month gave three-year jail sentences to Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma, symbols of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, for protesting without permission and assaulting police.

Maher and Adel are leading members of April 6, one of the youth movements that mobilised followers online ahead of the 2011 uprising against Mubarak.

The activists had taken part in demonstrations against a law passed by the interim government in November banning protests without permission from the authorities. The law dealt a major blow to one of the gains of the 2011 revolution

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