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Egypt arrests leader of activist group

23 September 2015 14:00


Egyptian authorities have arrested the head of an activist group that played a key role the country’s 2011 revolution against former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Amr Ali, the April 6 Youth Movement’s coordinator, was arrested in the capital, Cairo, on Tuesday, the DPA reported.

The group said he was being held at a state security building, and state-run Al-Ahram newspaper quoted a local detective chief as saying that the arrestee was undergoing interrogation.

The movement earned renown for its young activists’ defiant spirit and influential role during the revolution against Mubarak.

The revolution was followed by the rise to power, through democratic elections, of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Morsi was, however, deposed that same year by then army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who has overtaken the country’s presidency.

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