In January 2011 in Cairo, 25,000 people demonstrated against President Hosni Mubarak. But the revolution failed, and their dreams of change didn’t become reality. In his new novel, writer Alaa al-Aswani looks to the past and the future.
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A leading Egyptian pro-democracy campaigner, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, has been freed from jail after five years behind bars. He was sentenced for his part in an illegal protest and will still live under "police observation."
For many years, military governments have ruled various Arab countries. But the masses yearn for a different future, writes Rainer Hermann, of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
More than 4,300 people have been arrested in Egypt amid anti-government protests. One of them is Esraa Abdel-Fattah. Rights groups, and one US diplomat, are calling for her release.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's regime has responded to recent anti-government protests with a wave of arrests. Human rights activist Gamal Eid tells DW that the state "must apologize" for its oppression.
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