Alaa Abdel-Fattah arrives with his wife and child to the public prosecutor's office in Cairo March 2013. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
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Dozens of Egyptians have begun a hunger strike to demand the release of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 uprising, and others they say are being unfairly detained in an effort to crush new-found freedoms.An Egyptian court sentenced 33-year-old Abdel-Fattah, a leading figure in the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to 15 years in jail in June for violating a law that seeks to curtail protests.Twenty-four others were also sentenced to 15 years in jail on similar charges, though only Abdel-Fattah and two others are currently behind bars.The three in jail have been on hunger strike since August 18 .Abdel-Fattah also asked the judges to step down and allow for a retrial.
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