2022-11-03 11:25:40

Egypt Arrests Hundreds in Crackdown Before U.N. Climate Summit; Pressured to Free Alaa Abd El-Fattah

Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds in a crackdown on dissenting voices ahead of COP27, the U.N. climate conference which starts Sunday in Sharm El-Sheikh. Fifteen Nobel laureates have signed an open letter asking world leaders to pressure Egypt into releasing its many political prisoners, including human rights activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who plans to intensify his six-month hunger strike by forgoing water on the opening day of the climate summit. "He's organizing all of us from his prison cell," says Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

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