- Posted November 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Thousands defy Egypt's new protest law
The Egyptian government issued a new law that places broad restrictions on protests. The law grants security forces complete discretion to ban protests or disperse them using excessive and lethal force. The law has been criticized by several revolutionary and right groups, even international bodies as Human Rights Watch criticized the law. The protest documented in this iReport was organized by revolutionary groups who oppose both, the Muslim brotherhood and military rule. The protest was organized on Wednesday, November 27, a day after a peaceful protest against military trials for civilians was violently dispersed by security forces where activists were arrested, beaten and sexually assaulted. Protesters marched from Talat Harb square in Downtown Cairo to the Cabinet headquarters in defiance of the new oppressive law and to demand the release of the detained activists. Chants were against military rule, the interim government and the Ministry of Interior. Chants also reflected the political views of the participants that oppose both, the Muslim brotherhood and the military. The majority of protesters had previously protested against similar oppressive procedures taken under the rule of Mubarak, the military and Morsi. This group of activists and revolutionary movements are fighting for a place in deeply polarized country between those who support the military and those who support the Muslim brotherhood.