In a bid to stop the ever increasing protests from the supporters of the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the interim Egyptian President has enacted a rather draconian anti protest law that severely curtails the rights and freedom of people to carry out demonstrations.
The law requires permissions from seven different authorities for assembling a gathering of people and even in that there is no room for overnight sit-ins – the most popular mode of demonstrations in Egypt. In case the organizers get their request rejected, they will have to confer with the court, which virtually means that there cannot be any legal protests. There is also ban on a public or private gathering of 10 or more people and gives police the final authority on when, where and if a protest can take place.
This law comes as a huge blow to the ousted president Morsi, but the irony of the matter is that it is infact his own brainchild, which was never enacted.
Human right groups have been vocal about the recent law, but it is apparent that their voice will not be entertained;
“This law brings Mubarak’s era back,” said Gamal Eid, the director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and one of Egypt’s leading human rights laws. Eid even argued that the new law compared unfavorably with repressive legislation drafted while Egypt was still a British protectorate.
“It’s weird that the colonialists would have a law that is more just than the supposedly post-revolutionary one,” he added.