Politicians debate govt’s controversial plans to restrict protests
Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy ( Archive )
Sherif Darwish

Egypt’s government intentions to introduce a new law imposing restrictions on the right to protest led to wide controversies among Egyptian political powers Sunday.
The government is reportedly discussing the new law during the cabinet’s weekly meeting on Wednesday to maintain the country’s national security.
Gamal Zahran, a leader of the Popular Current, said that the anti-demonstration law shouldn’t be named like this; because no one can prevent Egyptians from demonstrating.
But Zahran said “we can say it’s a law to legalize and freeze it for a while, as it’s an inherent right of Egyptians gained after 25th January revolution.”
Zahran stressed that the only way to reduce demonstrations is to achieve social justice which the citizen seeks. Demonstrations can be managed by the state of emergency to face pro-Morsi armed protests, he said.
Mohamed Nabawi, member of “Tamarod” campaign, told Youm7 that there’s difference between peaceful protests and violent ones.
Nabawi said that the government should eye anger in the street when trying to prevent all sorts of protest. The right to protest is not a grant from the regime to the people, he added.
April Six Youth Movement- Democratic Front said that legalizing demonstrations is acceptable in some conditions, but there are fears that Mubarak’s regime and his gagged policy may return under the name of fighting terrorism.
The movement said that such law could be used against revolutionaries and journalists, the matter that the movement said “totally refused.”
Hussein Abdulraziq, leader of “Tagamua” party said the right to protest is guaranteed for every one by law, but pro-Morsi protests is violent and threatening the safety of the people and the policemen so it should be faced firmly.
“We should support the government in its decision,” Abdulraziq said.

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