The candidates: on the protest law
Protesters against protest law outside Journalists Syndicate - YOUM7/Salah Saied

CAIRO: As part of its focus on some of the controversial topics defining political debate in Egypt, The Cairo Post is highlighting the perspectives of presidential candidates this month in the lead-up to the elections. One such topic is the issuing of a protest law by interim President Adly Mansour.

Former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has said that the law was passed as a legal mechanism to end the state of anarchy that Egypt is experiencing, while Nasserist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi has said he will repeal the protest law and amend it if he wins.

Protesting is a right, but there are conditions that should be taken into consideration, Sisi said during an interview with television hosts Lamis Elhadidy and Ibrahim Eissa on ONtv and CBC satellite channels on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sabbahi said in a speech broadcast on state television on Monday that he would pardon all political prisoners who had been imprisoned under the law.

Many figures and movements, including the April 6 Youth Movement, have held protests against the law, considering it a means to restrict the freedom of expression.

Those arrested under the law may receive a prison sentence of two to five years and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 EGP.

April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher, member Mohamed Adel and activist Ahmed Douma were sentenced to three years in jail and a 50,000 EGP fine each for charges including organizing illegal protests last December.

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