Canadian activists imprisoned in Egypt return to Canada: ‘It’s really obvious we made mistakes’

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TORONTO — Two Canadians held in an Egyptian jail for seven weeks say they survived by bonding into an “adopted family” with their dozens of cellmates, who quizzed them on life back home and even posed for portraits.

“This was really what kept us alive in some ways — 38 guys together including ourselves keeping each other on track and optimistic,” John Greyson said Saturday.

Greyson and Tarek Loubani touched down Friday night at Toronto’s Pearson airport, ending an ordeal that began with their arrest and beating during an anti-government protest in Cairo in mid-August.

“In hindsight, it’s really obvious we made mistakes,” said Loubani, an emergency-room physician from London, Ont, minutes after they landed at Pearson International airport.

“We thought we could avoid the violence that continues to tear Egypt apart,” added Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker. “We were wrong.”

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