Anti-coup protester shot, injured in Suez

Egyptian police on Friday dispersed several rallies staged nationwide by supporters of ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi under newly-approved legislation that aims to "regulate" street protests.

Anti-coup protester shot, injured in Suez

World Bulletin / News Desk

A protester in the Egyptian canal province of Suez was shot and injured on Friday when security forces moved in to disperse a anti-coup demonstration, a medical source said.

The protester was identified as Amr Mohamed, 21, the source added.

Egyptian police on Friday dispersed several rallies staged nationwide by supporters of ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi under newly-approved legislation that aims to "regulate" street protests.

Friday's rallies were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, to mark the passage of 100 days since 35 pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed while in police custody.

The recently-approved law gives security forces the right to deny protest organizers permission to demonstrate if the planned event is deemed a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions are found to be "inappropriate."

According to the law, violators will either be fined or imprisoned – penalties that have provoked outrage on the part of many Egyptian politicians and activists who say the legislation curbs freedoms and gives police free rein to bar popular protest.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was ousted by Egypt's military establishment on July 3 following a series of demonstrations against his presidency.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 17:47
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