World Bulletin/News Desk
A Muslim Brotherhood leader has announced as dead an initiative by prominent intellectual to resolve Egypt's political crisis, describing the drive as "biased".
"The initiative includes biased conditions," former local government minister Mohamed Ali Beshr said statements carried by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) website.
Prominent thinker Ahmed Kamal Abul-Magd had unveiled an initiative to resolve the political crisis triggered by the July 3 military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
The initiative calls for the Brotherhood to recognize the new administration and halt media incitement in exchange for suspending a security crackdown to pave the way for talks to resolve the crisis.
Beshr described the terms of the initiative as "unacceptable".
"These conditions cannot make a basis for a real dialogue that can lead to positive results," he said.
He argued that accepting the initiative means that Morsi's supporters had to recognize what he called the "military coup" against him.
"This is totally unacceptable," Beshr said. "This means that the initiative is dead."
Another Muslim Brotherhood leader has lashed out at a planned protest law in Egypt, calling for unity to preserve the gains of the January revolution, which swept president Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.
"The coup government seeks to strip Egyptians of the right to protest, stage sit-ins and free speech," Hussein Ibrahim, Secretary General of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), wrote on his Facebook page.
The Egyptian government has drafted a new bill to regulate protests and public assemblies.
The bill bans protests and public assemblies inside places of worship and the possession of arms, ammunitions, explosives or masks by demonstrators.
It also prevents staging sit-ins following protests and makes it necessary for demonstrators to notify the authorities about the time, motives, demands and the location of the protest 24 hours earlier.
The draft grants authorities the right to cancel the protest or relocate it in case of possible threats to public interests or traffic disruption.
It makes it necessary for demonstrators to stage the protest 50 or 100 meters away from presidential palaces, cabinet and parliament headquarters and police stations and allows policemen to use force for self-defense.
Violators will be arrested after warnings and face prison sentences and a fine up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds (around $40,000).
Hussein said he is confident the Egyptians will not abandon their right to peaceful assembly and protests.
"This right has been grabbed by the Egyptian people during the January revolution," he said.
"The FJP extends hands for everybody for a peaceful movement to protect the gains of the glorious January 25 revolution."
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