Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Brad Youngblood, Noor Hamdy
On June 8, Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail tasked the minister of legal and parliamentary affairs with amending the country’s controversial Protest Law. The prime minister’s decision came as a shock to many politicians, who only weeks before were explaining the necessity of the law—issued in November 2013 by interim President Adly Mansour—and following the state line on public protests. The reversal of the cabinet and its allies in parliament is not without warrant, as the law has become an increasingly contentious issue since its enactment. The Protest Law bans protests of more than 10 people without government approval and has played an integral role in the state’s detention and prosecution of thousands of demonstrators and activists since its enactment….
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