New campaign calls for end of protest law
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7(Archive)
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: The Dedak, or “Against you” campaign, organized by the April 6 Youth Movement, will march Saturday demanding the release of political detainees and annulment of the protest law.

“Today’s protest is the last day on a schedule of events organized by the movement a week ago,” said April 6 spokesperson Mohamed Kamal.

Kamal told The Cairo Post other groups such as the Revolutionary Road Front would also participate in the protest which to take place downtown.  He noted that their events will be halted during the presidential elections which are slated for May 26-27.

April 6 member Sherif el-Rougy said the Dedak campaign was launched earlier this month, against “remnants of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Muslim Brotherhood and presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.”

On April 28, the activities of the April 6 Youth Movement were banned by the Abdeen Court for Urgent Matters, a ruling denounced by several political figures.

Rougy added that although the movement will boycott the elections, its members are free to make their own decision.

The protest law entered into force in November 2013, making any political gathering without official permission illegal.

The law was denounced by many activists, who said it restricted the right to free speech.

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

Many other activists were also arrested lately as they are facing charges of violating the law, including political activist Mahinour al-Masry and eight others who were sentenced to two years in prison and a 50,000 EGP fine May 20.

Prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fatah is also standing trial now over charges including illegal assembly and protesting without a permit outside the Shura Council building last November.

Field Marshal Sisi said in a TV interview that the law was passed as a legal mechanism to end the state of anarchy that Egypt is going through.

In his first national television address May 3, presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi vowed to abolish the controversial protest law and pardon all political prisoners.

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