Political powers welcome Ashour’s initiative to abolish protest law
Sameh Ashour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Most of the political powers accepted the Lawyers Syndicate Chief and Chairman of the Arab Lawyers Union Sameh Ashour’s initiative issued on March 16 to abolish the protest law.

Ashour issued an initiative at a press conference at the Lawyers Syndicate to discuss their latest news and to abolish with the protest law that was approved last January.

During the conference, he said the new constitution oppresses on the freedom of protest and expression and abolishing the protest law will help release the arrested students and citizens that were recently arrested.

The Cabinet sent a final draft of the protest law on Oct. 10, 2013 to interim President Adly Mansour, who signed it into law on Nov. 24. The protest law grants the Ministry of Interior the power to regulate and prohibit public meetings and other forms of assembly.

The protest law has been a controversial issue since it was approved; many political powers refused the law since it restricts freedom of expression.

Member of executive bureau of National Salvation Youth Amira al-Adly told Youm7 on Thursday that they are currently working on cooperating with Sameh Ashour in his initiative.

“The law is applied only on civil powers and youth of political movements; it must be either applied on everyone or abolished completely,” Adly said.

Member of April 6 Movement’s political bureau Mohamed Kamal told Youm7 on Thursday that they will work on escalation measures against the protest law, especially on the legal level to appeal on the law.

Kefaya Movement youth coordinator Mohamed Fadel told Youm7 on Thursday that the movement appealed on the verdict of the protest law and the constitutional declaration issued on July 9, 2013.

“The continuation of the protest law steals the citizens’ right to demonstrate, it also leads to arresting youth and detaining them for practicing their right to protest,” Fadel said.

Member at the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Karim al-Kenany told Al-Mogaz website on March 17 that the party demands abolishing or amending the protest law, because it contradicts with the new constitution that guarantees the freedom to protest.

Potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said Saturday that if he becomes president, he would amend the 2013 protest law to “regulate” protests and “not restrict it.”

The policy of randomly arresting activists harms the image of June 30’s and the January 25 Revolution’s gains, Dostor Party media secretariat and former National Salvation Front spokesperson Khaled Dawood said on Feb. 22.

Additional reporting by Mustafa Abdel Tawab.

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