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Clashes in Egypt as protesters defy new law against demonstrations


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Clashes in Egypt as protesters defy new law against demonstrations

Riot police in Egypt have clashed with protesters defying a new law that restricts demonstrations.

Hundreds gathered at government buildings in Cairo to denounce the legislation passed on Sunday.

For them, it’s another sign of authoritarianism by the military rulers who ousted Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July.

The new law bans protests without police approval. The Interior Ministry can forbid any public meeting of more than 10 people. Amnesty International says it gives the security forces “free rein”.

Amid Tuesday’s violence and arrests, several members of a committee amending Egypt’s constitution have reportedly suspended their involvement.

Controversially, the new text, now set to be put to a referendum next month, is said to retain an article allowing civilians to be tried in military courts.

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