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Egyptian police arrest 15 for staging protest
Egypt police disperse activist rally denouncing rights lawyer's sentence, keep 15 in custody
Associated Press
2014-05-22 11:22 PM

CAIRO (AP) -- Two activists say Egyptian police beat protesters with batons and rifle butts to disperse a rally against a rights lawyer's two-year prison sentence.

The activists, Ranwa Youssef and attorney Mohammed Ramadan, say about 150 activists held the protest on Thursday in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria to demand the rights lawyer's release.

Mahienoun el-Masry was convicted earlier this year of breaking a controversial law that bans public demonstrations without police approval and sentenced to two years in prison. A court upheld her conviction earlier this week.

Youssef and Ramadan say police first arrested 19 activists at the rally but later released four -- two lawyers and two women.

Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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