Fe­male pro­test­ers re­ceive heavy prison sen­tences

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

CAIRO | Au­thor­i­ties took a heavy hand Wed­nes­day handed down heavy prison sen­tences to fe­male sup­port­ers of the ousted Is­lamist pres­i­dent — in­clud­ing teenagers as young as 15 — and or­dered the de­ten­tion of two-dozen sec­u­lar ac­tivists, all for protest­ing.

The moves mark what crit­ics say is a de­ter­mi­na­tion by the mil­i­tary­backed gov­ern­ment to si­lence dis­sent, con­tin­u­ing a crack­down on Is­lamists since the mil­i­tary’s July 3 ouster of Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi and sup­press­ing sec­u­lar ac­tivists who ac­cuse new lead­ers of restor­ing an au­to­cratic sys­tem.

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