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Egyptian blogger arrested over protest

Police in Egypt has arrested a prominent activist accused of calling for protests in defiance of a new law restricting demonstrations, BBC reports.

The blogger Alaa Abdul Fattah took part in a rally outside the upper house of parliament on Tuesday.

Protesters were calling for the repeal of a new law that bans unauthorised demonstrations.

Mr. Abdul Fattah played a leading role in the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak.

The pro-democracy campaigner was previously detained under Mr. Mubarak’s government and questioned over demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this year.

His family said he was arrested on Thursday night at his home in Cairo.

His father, prominent lawyer Ahmed Seif al-Islam, told the Associated Press that his son’s wife was beaten during the raid and that authorities seized laptops from the house.

Egypt’s new legislation, signed by the interim President Adly Mansour, bans protests that do not have prior police notification.

Activists said the new law appears stricter than those in place during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down in 2011 after mass protests.

Prosecutors announced on Wednesday that arrest warrants had been issued for Mr. Abdul Fattah along with Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 youth movement.

They said investigations showed the pair had “incited” people to “violate the protest law” by demonstrating outside the Shura Council building.

Mr. Abdul Fattah said he did not deny the charge.

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