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Egyptian Christians detained by police-rights group

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“The government is trying to stop us from working in Egypt .”

Sat 10 Nov 2007 Egypt Nov 10 (Reuters) – Egyptian police detained three members of a Christian rights group on Saturday, including its spokesman and lawyer, the organization’s president said.

In pre-dawn raids police entered the Cairo homes of Wagih Yakob, 45, spokesman for the Middle East Christian Association, and another member of the group, detaining both, said Nader Fawzy, president of the Toronto , Canada-based group.

Later in the day they detained Mamdouh Azmy, the group’s lawyer, from his office in Alexandria , Fawzy said.

“They haven’t done anything at all,” Fawzy said. “The government is trying to stop us from working in Egypt .”

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