Prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah is surrounded by supporters after his release from detention in Cairo, Egypt March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Mostafa Darwish)
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A prominent activist in Egypt began a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment after being convicted on charges of violating the country's widely criticized protest law, according to a statement Tuesday from his family.Alaa Abdel-Fattah was a major force in the 2011 revolt that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. An outspoken blogger, Abdel-Fattah has been in and out of prison in the three years since Mubarak's ouster. The June sentence was the toughest against any of the secular activists behind the 18-day uprising that ended Mubarak's 29-year reign.
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