Political parties, activists plan to ‘escalate’ hunger strike Saturday
Alaa and Sanaa outside the cemetery - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramadan

CAIRO: Seven parties have decided to escalate their events Saturday to show solidarity with detained activists and to call for the immediate release of prisoners charged or detained over the 2013 Protest Law.

Dostour Party, the Social Egyptian Democrat Party, Karama Party, the Bread and Freedom Party, the Free Egyptians Party, Popular Current and the Popular Socialist Alliance issued a joint statement Friday calling on all their members to join in a hunger strike.

“We are escalating the campaign of the ‘empty stomach battle’ to emphasize the importance of amending the Protest Law that breaches the fundamental rights of our Constitution,” the statement read.

This escalation according to the statement comes after the silence of the current regime towards the activists’ ongoing hunger strike, and coincides with a demonstration scheduled for Saturday in front of the Press Syndicate.

“Journalists Against the Protest Law” is a Facebook group established recently to reject the Protest Law, and its organizers have announced they too will join the hunger strike starting Saturday.

In a statement posted on the page they called on the Press Syndicate to also join the campaign and to release an official statement demanding the end of the Protest Law.

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