Egypt: 21 women received 11 years in prison

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, secular Egyptian activists protest in Talaat Harb Square in Downtown, Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's state news agency says the prosecutor general has ordered a four-day detention for 24 activists detained while protesting a newly passed law criminalizing demonstrations without permits. MEAN also says the prosecutor on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for two leading activists accused of inciting demonstrators. (AP Photo/El-Shorouk Newspaper, Ahmed Abd el-Latif) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has handed down heavy sentences of 11 years in prison to 21 female supporters of the ousted Islamist president, many of them juveniles, for holding a protest.

The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria issued the ruling Wednesday, weeks after the women were arrested during a protest demanding the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a July 3 coup.

They were convicted on multiple charges, including holding a demonstration, sabotage and using force. Seven of them are under 18 years of age.

The court also sentenced six members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in prison in absentia for inciting the protest.

The verdict comes as security forces have cracked on small protests by secular activists, implementing a new law putting heavy restrictions on protests.