Egypt refers 220 to court for 'unlicensed' protest

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on January 25 to mark the third anniversary of the revolution that ended Mubarak's 30-yar rule.

Egypt refers 220 to court for 'unlicensed' protest

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Egyptian prosecution on Sunday referred 220 people to court on charges of staging "unlicensed" protests to mark the third anniversary of the popular uprising that unseated long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The suspects also face charges of resisting authorities, assaulting policemen, blocking roads and attempted murder, a judicial source told Anadolu Agency.

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on January 25 to mark the third anniversary of the revolution that ended Mubarak's 30-yar rule.

At least 50 people were killed and dozens others were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces. Dozens were arrested in the process.

The Egyptian government adopted in November a new protest law that makes it necessary for organizers to submit a written request to the Interior Ministry three days prior to staging a protest.

The legislation gives the ministry the right not to authorize the planned event if deemed a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions are deemed "inappropriate."

Violators are either fined or imprisoned – penalties that have provoked outrage on the part of many Egyptian politicians and activists who say the law curbs freedoms and gives police free rein to muzzle popular expressions of dissent.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army unseated Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, last July on the back of protests against his presidency.

Ever since, demonstrators, who dismiss Morsi's ouster as a military coup, have staged almost daily rallies.

Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2014, 15:19
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