Robert Mackey, NY Times, June 22, 2015

Dozens of Egyptian women on Sunday defied a nationwide ban on unsanctioned street protests, rallying for an hour outside the presidential palace in Cairo to demand the release of political prisoners.

The demonstration, staged where 23 opposition activists were arrested a year ago while marching against the protest ban, was called by organizers a “stand,” a form of peaceful assembly used during the Hosni Mubarak era by activists who gathered silently in solidarity with Khaled Said, a victim of police brutality whose death in custody was a catalyst for the 2011 uprising.

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