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Jordyn Grzelewski – Policy Mic – Friday, 24 January 2014 (originally published 16 Jan )
After spending weeks locked in a prison cell, 18-year-old Ola Ezzat is ready to take to the streets in protest — which is what landed her in prison in the first place
“This is our right, and we cannot only exercise it the first time,” Ezzat told Al Jazeera.
Ezzat is one of 21 women who were arrested in Alexandria, Egypt in October during a peaceful protest. This group of women was sentenced to 11 years in prison (although their sentences have now been reduced) due to their demonstration on behalf of former President Mohammed Morsi, who was removed from power in July by the Egyptian military. Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political party that has been a prominent player in Egyptian politics and society for decades . . .