Police arrest Egyptian political activist

CAIRO (AP) — Security forces in Egypt have arrested a prominent political activist over allegedly inciting people to protest in defiance of a newly passed law requiring demonstrations receive prior approval from authorities.


The family of Alaa Abdel-Fattah said he was arrested on Thursday night at his home in Cairo. His father, Ahmed Seif al-Islam, a prominent lawyer, said police beat up his son’s wife and confiscated laptops in their raid.


Abdel-Fattah rose to prominence in the 2011 revolution which forced longtime President Hosni Mubarak out of power.