Lead­ing Egyp­tian rights ac­tivist ar­rested

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CAIRO (AP) — A lead­ing Egyp­tian pro-democ­racy ac­tivist was re-ar­rested Sun­day while on pro­ba­tion, his fam­ily and a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said, amid a sweep­ing se­cu­rity clam­p­down fol­low­ing small but rare anti-gov­ern­ment protests ear­lier this month.

Alaa Ab­del-Fat­tah rose to promi­nence with the 2011 pro-democ­racy up­ris­ings that swept the Mid­dle East and in Egypt top­pled long-time Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak. To many, his im­pris­on­ment three years later — at a time when au­thor­i­ties im­posed dra­co­nian laws ban­ning pub­lic gath­er­ings and unau­tho­rized demon­stra­tions — was an­other sign of Egypt’s re­turn to au­to­cratic rule.

His re­lease in March came af­ter five years in prison for tak­ing part in a peace­ful protest against mil­i­tary tri­als for civil­ians.

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