World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 37 demonstrations were staged in 14 Egyptian provinces on Monday, shortly after a controversial law regulating street protests came into effect.
On Sunday, Interim president Adly Mansour signed the law, which makes it necessary for protest organizers to submit a written notification to the Interior Ministry three days prior to staging a demonstration.
Defying the law, demonstrators staged rallies in Cairo, Giza, the Nile Delta provinces of Beihira, Sharqiya, Kafr el-Sheikh, Menoufiya and Dakahliya and North Sinai.
Demonstrations set out in Fayyoum, south of Cairo, the central province of Beni Sueif, the southern provinces of Assuit and Minya and the canal cities of Ismailia and Port Said.
Protesters chanted slogans against the protest law and called for the release of detained demonstrators.
The protest law gives the Interior Ministry the right to deny the organizers permission if security agencies deem the planned assembly a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions were "not appropriate."
According to the law, violators will either be fined or imprisoned – penalties that provoked the ire of some Egyptian politicians and activists who say the law serves to curb civil liberties.
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"People will march from mosques to convey a message to the coup authorities that violated Al-Fath Mosque for hours live on television screens," Magdi Salem, a leading member of the Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, told Anadolu Agency.
On August 16, clashes broke out between security forces and protesters angered by the mass killing of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in the authorities' violent dispersals of two major pro-Morsi sit-ins, during which hundreds of protesters had been killed.
Dozens of peaceful protesters who fled the violence took refuge inside the nearby Al-Fath Mosque, where they had remained besieged for long hours.
"No protest would be setting out from Al-Fath Mosque to avoid any friction with security agencies," Salem said.
The planned protests would be the first test for a new controversial law issued by the army-installed authorities to regulate street protests.
Several political powers have slammed the law as "oppressive" and "freedom-restricting."
"The alliance's decision to call for protests is a message to the coup authorities that their protest law is only ink on paper," Salem said.
"We do not recognize laws that suppress freedoms and human rights," he added.Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 10:23