In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, Sheik Said Abdel-Azim a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya speaks during a press conference, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of the 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, Sheik Said Abdel-Azim a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya speaks during a press conference, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of the 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, Sheik Said Abdel-Azim a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya speaks during a press conference, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of the 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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