1,909 detained in Egypt as crackdown continues


The number of arrests in Egypt has hit 1,909, according to figures documented by the Cairo-based NGO the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights.

Since the 20 September protests began in Egypt security services have been rounding up journalists, lawyers and politicians in a bid to quash further demonstrations.

Yesterday security officials confirmed that they had arrested two political science professors, Hassan Nafaa andHazem Hosni.

Several members of the Istiqlal Party were detainedin dawn raidsand the prominent human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry has also been arrested.

Also incarcerated are six foreigners – two Jordanians, two Turks, one Palestinian and a Dutch man – who have been charged with espionage and linked with Mohamed Ali’s calls for protests.

On his talk show Al-Hekaya the pro-regime TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast videotaped confessions from the six men and images of their passports.

Authorities have accused the Palestinian…

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