Seif, a 27-year-old biology graduate student, emerged as a thorn in authorities’ side by leading a campaign against military trials of civilians, a tactic used against protesters since Mubarak’s fall. Her campaign forced the military to release details of thousands of cases.
On Wednesday evening, the 14 women turned themselves in to the police, arguing that since 24 male protesters arrested Tuesday are still in custody, they should be arrested too.
The police refused to arrest the women.
“If they want to try someone, it has to be me and us,” Seif said.