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Calls for release of prisoners grow in Egypt despite arrest campaign

Egyptian security forces launched a campaign of arrests against human rights activists, politicians and left-wing activists who had been calling for the release of prisoners in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces over the last few days have arrested political and human rights activists in Cairo and in several Egyptian governorates who called for the release of prisoners and detainees in places of detention, as they fear the spread of the coronavirus and the threat it poses to the lives of prisoners.

The campaign included the arrest April 1 of prominent political activist Noha Kamal, daughter of Kamal Ahmed, a parliament member in the Alexandria governorate. 

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