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'Security crackdown threatens stability in Egypt,' says Egyptian Social Democratic Party

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Dec 2015
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The Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) slammed in a statement Wednesday what it described as a security crackdown against independent cultural venues and activists in Egypt which could threaten stability in Egypt.

The party described the authorities' raids on cultural venues in the past few days as a crackdown on freedom of expression and creativity, as well as an attack on constitutional rights the Egyptian people fought for.

On Monday evening, Egypt's Censorship Authority and the Tax Authority closed the Townhouse Gallery after an inspection team reportedly found administrative irregularities.

On Tuesday, the Censorship Authority raided and searched Merit Publishing House in Downtown Cairo without providing any reason, according to its owner Mohamed Hashem. 

The party also recounted examples of other cultural venues in Egypt that were raided by authorities in the past year. 

"We do not need to remind anyone that closing down independent cultural venues in Egypt does not serve anybody except intellectual and religious radicalism," the ESDP said in its statement. 

The party also criticised what it described as the current security current crackdown on non-Islamist activists ahead of the 25 January Revolution anniversary. 

The ESDP stressed that "no parties or groups have called for protests or any kind of commemoration of the January 2011 uprising," in reference to rumours circulating on social media that some activists were planning for a day of rage on the 5th anniverssary of the revolution.

Earlier this week, four members of the April 6 Youth Movement were arrested and ordedred detained by the prosecution for 15 days pending investigation  for illegal protesting and illegal use of fireworks.

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Dr Mohamed Zayed
31-12-2015 01:06am
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The State Has the Right
The State has the right to protect its self and it will not unfairly target anyone.... many places mentioned may be connected to NGO and foreign influence as its been proven without any question that foreign interference in the affairs of Egypt have been centered in social media, media, cultural venues, youth and related areas where they best exploit the demographic including support for the illegal MB organization and others..... so to criticize at this time the State efforts to protect the country is against the country as democracy and freedom of speech are game words from countries that will not let YOU go into any place and say what you want or do what you want against the rules of law and decency but tell other countries what they should do or play with the mind of youth with false dreams that anything is ok and everything is allowed regardless the rules or laws or decency of society, sorry I do not agree that there is something wrong with protecting the country, or the State !
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Tut
01-01-2016 06:34pm
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State has the right to protect its PEOPLE
I'm afraid I disagree with you on many counts: When the State sees itself as "us against the people" it's a confessing of failure. Repeating the state lies that MB and foreign spies are the ones causing the uprising is stripping Egyptian youth from their dignity. Free countries do exist where you can call Obama Hitler and even calling him a lair in his face at his state of the union without going to jail. You are right on one count though; their is nothing wrong in protecting the country; BUT not from its own People!
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