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Strong Egypt Party slams 'crackdown' on campaign against constitution
In the past week authorities have arrested four Strong Egypt Party members for campaigning against the draft constitution, according to the party
Passant Darwish, Saturday 11 Jan 2014
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Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh talks during interview with the Associated Press at his home in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 (Photo: AP)

The Strong Egypt Party denounced Saturday the arrest of one of its members for possessing flyers for the ‘vote no to the constitution’ campaign, in what they described as a crackdown on the opponents of the draft charter.

The arrest of party member Mahmoud Emam on Friday comes after similar arrest of three of the party's members on Wednesday, after they were apprehended while distributing the same flyers.

The three members were later released pending investigations on charges of "possessing flyers that incite a 'no to constitution' vote and also inciting obstruction of the constitution."

Spokesman for Strong Egypt Ahmed Emam said Saturday that the arrests are part of "a vicious campaign against anyone who opposes the draft constitution."

The charges also include disrupting the peace and attempting to overthrow the government.

Ahmed Emam told Ahram Online that the party’s campaign posters read "no to the constitution" and nothing else, yet the party members were charged with attempting to “overthrow the current authorities.”

"The authorities want a yes vote; anything that opposes them is considered rebellion," he added.

The arrests, according to Emam, have had a reverse effect on the party's members. "Those who were scared to campaign for a no vote are now more willing than ever because of the injustices," he explained.

Emam said that the party will hold a meeting Saturday night to discuss whether to continue campaigning for a no vote or to boycott the referendum altogether.

"We wanted to participate in the referendum at first because authority comes from the people, but what is happening now is the current authorities being authoritarian," he concluded. 

The Strong Egypt Party last week appealed the decision by interim President Adly Mansour to amend the political rights law Monday to allow citizens to vote in the referendum at polling stations not affiliated with the address listed on their national identification card, if they live in a different governorate.

The party argued that the president's decision is considered a direct interference in the work of the Supreme Electoral Commission by circumventing its earlier decisions.

However, the high electoral commission announced that a computerised database would be used to curb vote-duplication in the referendum.





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omer
12-01-2014 09:29am
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democracy is both voting for yes and no
democracy is allowing both yes party and no party to campaigning for the referendum let the people decide, but suppressing the one side not to campaigning and allowing others to campaigning is discrimination in democracy.let the people decide. it is because of fear the present govt. not allowing to the other side to campaigning.
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Khalil
12-01-2014 06:38am
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Just frustrated
This shows that democracy is finished in Egypt. When the voices of opposition are not allowed to be heard it shows that the light of freedom is extinguished and the darkness of dictatorship is in control. The greater tragedy is that the masses of the people have never read much less expect to understand a constitution that will control every aspect of their lives. Is this the end result of the Egyptian Revolution?
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neil
11-01-2014 07:07pm
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whatever you say
No. I mean, yes. yes yes yes! yes, whatever you say, that's democracy, no to a document no one read, I mean yes, yes yes, yes one person read it no, they didn't understand it, I mean yes, yes yes! if they understood it, they would like it based on the 'democratic' process used to make it and 'pass' it, it must be the best in the world, and/or meeting ordinary Egyptian's needs
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