CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Thursday continued to detain the mother of a prominent jailed activist, after she and three others were arrested earlier this week for staging a protest to demand the release of prisoners amid the new coronavirus outbreak.Laila Soueif’s detention came as the Egyptian government tries to maintain its firm grip on dissent amid a burgeoning world health crisis. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands imprisoned in Egypt for their political views.On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Soueif and three other activists of spreading false news and violating the country’s protest ban. They had stood outside the Cabinet building asking the government to free inmates over concerns that the coronavirus could rapidly spread through Egypt’s prison system.Three of the women who protested Wednesday are related to prominent jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah.FILE – In this Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Egypt’s most prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, left, walks with his mother Laila Soueif, a university professor who is an also an activist, outside a court, in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Egypt detained and charged four activists, including three family members of jailed activist, Fattah — his mother, aunt and sister,

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