April 6 to organize Saturday protest against protest law
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By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: April 6 Youth Movement announced Wednesday that it will organize eight marches originating from different areas in Cairo next Saturday to demand the repeal of the protest law.

The eight marches will gather into one march, which will head in the direction of Ithadeya presidential palace, but they have not yet decided whether they will organize a sit-in or not, member of the political office of April 6 Youth Movement Mohamed Mostafa told Youm7.

The movement will coordinate with the National Council of Human Rights to conduct a public strike following Saturday’s events, Mostafa said.

He added that the march and strike will only demand the repeal of the protest law and will protest against the state’s public policy.

The protest law, adopted in November 2013, has fueled activists’ anger for containing articles that requires protesters to give authorities three days notice before any public gathering as well as notify them of the purpose of the gathering and the slogans that are to be chanted in it.

Since the law’s adoption, April 6 Youth Movement and other revolutionary groups have organized a number of protests and human chains demanding the cancellation of the protest law and the release of activists detained while protesting.

“There are 23,000 people in jail. Most of them were detained and are facing charges on the basis of the protest law,” April 6 posted on Twitter, with a hashtag that translates into “release Egypt” and a petition to abolish the law.

In November 2013, on the day the law was enforced, a number of students and protesters were arrested outside the Shura Council.

Activists Ahmed Doma, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel were sentenced to three years in jail and fined 50,000 EGP for orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers in November 2013 in front of Abdeen Misdemeanors Court. The court rejected the defendant’s appeal against their verdict on April 7.

Nourhan Hefzi, the wife of jailed activist Ahmed Doma, said on April 17 that Doma, Maher, and Adel will go on hunger strike this week.

According to Youm7, Hefzi also said political activists will continue to stage protests to demand for the protest law to be abolished.

Additionally reporting by Iman Ali.

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