April 6 movement denounces continued detention of Egyptian activists

Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Dec 2013

April 6 Youth Movement co-founder was released on Sunday

The 6 April Youth Movement has criticised the continued detention of a number of activists on charges related to the new protest law, after the movement's co-founder Ahmed Maher was released on Sunday pending investigation on similar charges.

Maher was detained for allegedly violating a new protest law that requires police notification in advance of demonstrations, as well as for rioting and assaulting a police officer. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah was also arrested last week on charges of violating the protest law, but remains in custody.

The movement described the prosecution's issuing of arrest warrants for Maher, Abdel-Fattah and others as a "continuation of confusion by the political authorities which overuse security solutions with no legal basis."

Maher, along with other activists refused to acknowledge the new protest law, issued last week by Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour.

The activists are accused of organising a protest on Tuesday without notifying authorities in advance.

The 6 April Youth Movement, renowned for its role during the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, ended their statement by asserting that they will continue to protest for the release of the other activists, cancellation of the protest law and achievement of the 25 January revolution's goals.

Maher turned himself in to prosecutors on Saturday.

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