Egypt arrests activists after commemoration of Arab Spring uprising
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Egypt arrests activists after commemoration of Arab Spring uprising

Five reportedly detained for attending ceremony marking eight years since the 2011 revolution that ousted Mubarak

In this file photo from January 28, 2011, Egyptian anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt (photo credit: AP/Ben Curtis)
In this file photo from January 28, 2011, Egyptian anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt (photo credit: AP/Ben Curtis)

CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian rights lawyer said security forces have arrested at least six activists in a crackdown coinciding with the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising, which toppled the regime of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Negad Borai said Wednesday that among those arrested in the past two days is Yehia Hussein Abdel Hady, the former spokesman of the Civil Democratic Movement. The coalition of secular and left-leaning political parties had called for a boycott of Egypt’s presidential election last year.

He said five activists were arrested on Monday after they attended a ceremony in Cairo commemorating the Arab Spring uprising.

It is not clear if the activists are among 54 people who authorities said Tuesday were detained for plotting to foment chaos on the anniversary of the uprising.

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