CAIRO: Member of Parliament Mostafa Bakry has demanded that the 2013 protest law be applied to any protesters on April 25, according to a Youm7 Friday report.
“No one can deny the role of the Egyptian administration in maintaining the land and honor [of Egypt] but what is happening now are attempts in favor of the enemies of the homeland to attack the Egyptian state,” Bakry told Youm7.
The planned protest against the Saudi acquisition of the two Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir aims to “undermine the sovereignty of the state and to spread chaos,” he claimed in an interview with Youm7.
The 2013 protest law criminalizes any protest without a prior police permit, and thousands have been arrested under the law.
He said the parliament should have the final say in the transfer of sovereignty of the islands, adding that such protesters “are implementing certain agendas.” Bakry was a lawmaker in the 2005 and 2012 parliaments.
The parliament is planned to vote on President Abdel Fatah’s al-Sisi’s decision to give up the two islands to Saudi Arabia on grounds that they originally belong to the Kingdom.
On Tuesday, the parliament discussed the “media’s attack” on the parliament, especially with regards to approving the transfer, according to Youm7.
On April 15, a protest attracted around 1,000 demonstrators outside the Journalists’ Syndicate in Cairo to denounce the transfer, where 25 protesters were detained, and activists plan to stage another demonstration April 25.