Tamarod says Egypt draft protest law is unjust

Ahram Online, Thursday 17 Oct 2013

Rebel campaign co-founder Mohamed Abdel-Aziz says a draft law currently being reviewed by the interim president betrays rights won by Egypt's popular uprisings

Mohamed Abdel-Aziz
Rebel campaign co-founder Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, one of the founding members of the Tamarod (Rebel) movement, has said that any law limiting the right to peaceful protest won by Egyptians after the 25 January and 30 June popular uprisings would be injust, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

A draft protest law is being reviewed by Interim President Adly Mansour after it was approved by the cabinet. Among its most controversial measures is the right given to the interior minister or senior police officials to cancel, postpone or change the location of a protest.

The law also entitles governors to designate "protest-free" areas near state buildings, including presidential palaces.

Abdel-Aziz added that non-peaceful demonstrations should be dealt with legally, without limiting or outlawing the right to peaceful protest.

The bill has already been widely criticised by several political forces, among them Egypt's largest Salafist party, El-Nour, and the April 6 Youth Movement (Democratic Front).

Tamarod gained fame after spearheading the 30 June protests that led to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi 3 July by the armed forces.

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