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Egypt refers 23 to trial for breaking protest law

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:01 PM 
Protesters march during a rally against anti-protest legislation in Cairo, June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

CAIRO, June 25 (Aswat Masriya) A prosecutor ordered on Wednesday that 23 people, including seven women, who were arrested late on Saturday for breaking the protest law be referred to trial on June 29. 

The defendants are accused of stirring chaos, assembling, breaking the protest law, vandalizing public and private property and arms possession. 

They are also accused of resisting the authorities and attacking security forces. 

The protesters were on their way to the Ittihadeya Palace in Heliopolis on Saturday when they were arrested for breaking the protest law. 

A law passed in November forbids Egyptians from holding demonstrations without a permit from the authorities. 

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