CAIRO: A source at the Ministry of Interior said Sunday it had received no requests to stage protests on the fifth anniversary of the January 25 2011 uprising.
He added that protest law will be applied on those who will stage unlicensed protests. The law, in effect since Nov.25, 2013, requires police approval before launching any protest. Accordingly, it has received huge condemnation for its curbing of freedom of expression.
Prospective demonstrators should report to the police the place and the time of the protest and the numbers of those who participate in the demonstration. Since the law has come into force, hundreds of people were jailed over charges of “violating the protest law.”
During his televised speech at the celebration of National Police Day Saturday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on Egyptians to “protect their country” against terrorism; on Dec. 22, 2015 in observance of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, Sisi warned against staging protests ahead of the anniversary of 2011 uprising, noting that nay “revolt” could destroy the country, Reuters reported.
The outlawed group of the Muslim brotherhood called Sunday for protests in Egyptian squares on the revolution’s anniversary, saying “After freedom was lost, Egyptians’ civil rights trampled and the State of lawlessness, corruption and nepotism, the illegitimate junta regime and the law of the jungle ruled our homeland, you are renewing the pledge of Revolution against the authoritarian coup regime which enshrines the State of oppression and injustice.”
Egypt banned the Brotherhood in December 2013, following their continuous protests called for reinstate of former Islamist Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in July 2013, following mass protests against his rule.
Egyptian security and military forces are on alert ahead the anniversary in anticipation of possible protesting and sabotaging acts.
In Upper Egypt’s Qena governorate, security forces arrested six people, allegedly belong to the Brotherhood, over accusations of inciting protests in the fifth anniversary, Youm7 reported.