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How Egypt's protest law brought down the revolution

An in-depth look at how Egypt's government is jailing the revolutionaries who helped bring the current regime to power.
Egyptian protesters use flare lights at Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo on November 26, 2013 during a clash with police after the security forces dispersed protesters from a demonstration organized by human rights group "No Military Trials for Civilians" in the first unauthorised protest staged in the capital since the adoption of a law that regulates demonstrations. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour passed a law that allows security forces to gradually step up force while dispersing protestors. A
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CAIRO — Some of the country's most prominent revolutionary activists will continue their retrial Sept. 10 after being sentenced to 15 years in jail for breaking the controversial protest law. They weren't terrorists or armed protesters, yet the current regime, which they helped seize power and topple the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, decided to include them in a nationwide crackdown aimed at eliminating dissent.

I have covered the avalanche of military trials that kicked off in the aftermath of Egypt's revolution in January 2011, visited the families of victims killed during the 18 days of protests and met with others who suffered severe injuries, but researching the Shura Council trial was different. It hit me as one of the most vivid examples of the regime's war on everything and everyone deemed revolutionary. Blacked out by the media loyal to the regime and ignored by a population told that the revolution was a conspiracy, some of Egypt's most honorable citizens could be thrown in jail over trumped-up charges and forgotten along with those they will join behind bars.

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