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We were 'forced' to reactivate the emergency law: Tantawi

Head of the ruling military council defends decision to use Mubarak-era emergency laws to restore public safety

Ahram Online, Monday 3 Oct 2011
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Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi has justified his recent decision to reactivate and revamp unpopular emergency laws, saying that the current security crisis in Egypt was behind the move.

“No one among us wants a state of emergency, but the security crisis Egypt has faced recently, forced us to do this,” Tantawi said on Monday. “Now you have wives being kidnapped in the street right in front of their husbands.”

Tantawi added the state of emergency will be ended as soon as the security vacuum improves, stressing that it will take the combined efforts of the Egyptian people, along with the security forces to bring back stability to the country.

Egypt has been struggling with a public safety crisis and an increase in crime after the police forces famously deserted the streets at the height of the uprising against Mubarak on 28 January.

The emergency law was introduced by Mubarak in 1981 and remained until he was ousted in February 2011. For years, activists called for the abolishment of the law and during the 18 day uprising it became one of the main demands of the revolutionaries. However, after the ousting of Mubarak, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) which took power, failed to abolish the law, only to reactivate it, and expand it, last month after protesters attacked the Israeli embassy on 9 September.

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Sherif
06-10-2011 04:15am
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Very selective application
Tantawi is clearly very selective when applying emergency law. When it comes to Israelis and Copts, violence gainst then appears fair game, which the SCAF and sit down to enjoy. When the Salafi terrorism runs rampant, there is no law whatsoever, let alone an emergency one. Perhaps Tantawi's definition of "Emergency" is when it threatens his own aspirations but "screw it when it comes to the security of Egypt". What a hypocrite!
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Possie
03-10-2011 09:34pm
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emergency law
There is nothing he can say that will justify the extension of the emergency law. 1. When the first incident happened at the Isreali embassy, it was hailed as cool. Where was the SCAF then? 2. Where was the SCAF when the 2nd incident happened? Sittin around watching and doing nothing, they could have controlled the situation. It seems to me that SCAF is trying to keep everything in place for Mubarak. All the nonsense about this crime and that crime, they were all happening before the revolution, but the media was forbidden to air them. Now they air everything to make it seems as if Egypt is not safe and the emergency law will make it safe again. The emengency law never left, and for sure no criminal were arrested under the emergency law before and certainly not while its been extented, so this makes me wonder WAHT IS THE REAL REASON BEHIND EXTENTING THE EMERGENCY LAW? I remember before the revolution, if we all can recall when the tourist came here they were always excorted by poli
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