Egypt Pardons 165 Prisoners, But Crackdown Continues

In a statement, the President of Egypt announced he had pardoned 165 people on Wednesday, many of them young men or juveniles, who had been jailed for illegal protests or other misdemeanors.
None of the freed men appeared to be among the well-known political activists who were imprisoned under a law that restricts the right to protest.
Security forces have widened the preach of the protest law after the deaths and imprisonment of hundreds of supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Now, the police are prosecuting liberal and secular activists who helped to topple Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Among them are Alaa Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Douma, and Ahmed Maher.



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