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D.C. Human Rights Group Fights For Staff Arrested In Egypt

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Staff with Amnesty International say two of their staff members who were observing the protests peacefully were arrested by Egyptian authorities Thursday.

"We have no clue why they were arrested and where they are being held. We are urging Egyptian authorites to release Amnesty International staff," says T. Kumar, director for International Advocacy for the group.

Kumar says the White House has issued a statement urging that the staffers be released. The group is waiting for a response from the Egyptian ambassador to the United States.

Meanwhile, the group is worried about the nearly 1,500 protesters who have been arrested during the demonstrations.

"That supression is going to explode -- that's what we are seeing now. It's a pent-up anger," Kumar says.

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