Tamarod slams protest law, urges human rights council to amend it

Tuesday 26-11-2013 09:38 AM
Tamarod slams protest law, urges human rights council to amend it

A poster for President Mohamed Mursi is seen on a wall as a protester throws a tear gas canister back at policemen during clashes in Alexandria, January 25, 2013. Youths fought Egyptian police in Cairo and Alexandria on Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought the election of an Islamist president who protesters accuse of riding roughshod over the new democracy. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih


CAIRO, Nov 26 (Aswat Masriya) The youth movement that organized the demonstrations that toppled President Mohamed Mursi in July is unhappy with a protest law recently passed by Egypt's interim government. 

Tamarod urged the National Council for Human Rights early on Tuesday to amend the disputed protest law. 

Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi passed on Sunday the law, which grants the interior ministry the right to break up demonstrations by force, even though Tamarod had urged him not to.

The National Council for Human Rights expressed its rejection to the law on Monday, accusing the government of disregarding the suggestions it made. 

The law was originally introduced under President Mohamed Mursi's administration, but public disapproval stopped it from being issued. 

The law stipulates that those who plan protests must notify the interior ministry three days prior to the protest and that they must obtain permission from the police before gathering.

It grants the police a green-light to use force to disperse protests and bans sit-ins altogether.

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