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Egyptian activists on defense in divided Egypt

A wave of support for the interim government and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi means that many detained activists, such as Alaa Abd El Fattah, often languish in prison.

CAIRO — It has been a little more than 100 days since prominent activist Alaa Abd El Fattah was arrested on charges related to organizing an unauthorized protest. His detention has been repeatedly renewed and he is being held in prison without a trial date.

So is Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, a security guard whose supporters say was arrested after stopping to help women activists he saw being hit by police officers during a dispersal of the same protest. Much like thousands of other ordinary Egyptians and Muslim Brotherhood supporters swept up in widespread arrests since the military overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi in July, his case has not received much attention.

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