Saturday, September 17, 2011

Low turnout at demonstation against prolongation Egyptian emergency law

No to the emergency (Al-Masry al-Youm, Amr Abdallah)

An Egyptian court on Saturday began reviewing a lawsuit that calls for lifting Emergency Law. At the end of the session the court postponed the review until 16 October. Hamed Seddeeq, a researcher at the Egyptoian National Research Center, had filed the lawsuit. He said that since the parliament that approved Emergency Law has been dissolved, the law itself should be revoked, particularly since this was one of the most important demands of the 25 January revolution.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) decided after the disturbances at the Israeli embassy of 9 September that the Emergency Law should stay in force until June 2012. It also decided to expand the scope of the law to include the publication of false information, road blocking and incidents of thuggery. The al also covers attacks to the frdom to work. 
Many believe Egypt's penal code is sufficient to address such crimes and accuse the SCAF of following in the footsteps of the former regime by suppressing the media and freedom of speech.Amnesty International on Thursday slammed the decision as a "serious erosion of human rights.
Riday a protest demonstrrationw as held at Tahrir Square, but only hundreds of peole turned up. Many political powers refused to participate in the protests including April 6 Youth Movement and the Muslim Brotherhood, despite their rejection of the emergency law.  Some groups said they didn't have enough time to prepare for the protest.

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