(AFP) – Apr 11, 2008
CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian authorities on Friday released opposition leader George Ishaq of the Kefaya movement after two days in detention, a security official said.
"George Ishaq has been released and cannot travel pending the outcome of his trial," the official told AFP.
Ishaq was charged with inciting unrest and resisting authorities, accused of being behind a call for a national strike on April 6 and being involved in violent protests in the Nile Delta City of Mahalla el-Kobra.
He was the founding coordinator of Egypt's opposition umbrella grouping Kefaya in 2004.
Kefaya's popular demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down grabbed the spotlight in 2005.
Ishaq's arrest came after two days of unrest, sparked by a call for a general strike to be held on Sunday. At least one person was killed and 300 arrested in the rioting in the industrial city of Mahalla.
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