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Egypt’s president issues law restricting protests

SHARPENING RULES:The new law bars gatherings in places of worship and gives the police the right to use force gradually, including the use of tear gas and clubs

AP, CAIRO

The law “unifies revolutionaries afresh... We can now all agree that the military authorities are trying to strangle any voice that says no. We won’t accept and others won’t accept that either,” he added.

A similar law to regulate protests was hotly contested when Morsi was in office. It never passed.

Gamal Eid, a civil rights lawyer, said Mansour’s approval of the law “wasted a right that was seized through much bloodshed” in the past three years.

Hassan said the protest law, along with a proposal allowing for civilians to be tried by military courts and other legislation aimed at combating terrorism, “are all steps to reinforce the basis of the police state that was threatened after the January 2011 uprising.”

“The law can’t be viewed separately from what happens in other domains,” he said. “The worst is yet to come.”

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