Activists said members of the shabiha militia and plainclothes security forces attacked the procession to disperse it and detained at least two people. Khalifa, author of the novel “In Praise of Hatred,” said in a phone interview that his hand was broken.

"They were approximately five men. It all happened on the street. My left hand is broken. I write with my right hand, but typing on the computer is difficult now," Khalifa said.

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