Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.
The demonstration by police was an ironic turn of events after arrests of activists for violating the controversial law passed last month, which requires Interior Ministry permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people.
Around 200 non-commissioned officers had been granted permission to protest at a Police Club in Cairo, where they called on officials to come to discuss their pay demand with them.
When they received no response they marched to the Interior Ministry in defiance of the new law. Security sources said they shoved barricades at fellow members of the security forces outside the club, before the protesters were allowed to march.
An interesting turn of events in Egypt.
14:38 // 10 months ago
Egypt’s interim president on Sunday banned public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval, imposing hefty fines and prison terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests roiling the country. The new law is more restrictive than regulations used under the rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, overthrown in Egypt’s 2011 uprising that marked the start of unrest in the country.
Another terrifyingly disappointing move from the country of Egypt. The country is often looked to as an example in the MENA region and now there’s this rather alarming set of news. They’re clearly hurting the right to protest in a detrimental way.
11:12 // 10 months ago
Twenty-six Occupy Philadelphia protesters sued the city in federal court Wednesday, contending that their arrests two years ago after police and city workers dismantled their encampment.
The suit was filed by Center City lawyers Paul J. Hetznecker, Lawrence S. Krasner, and Lloyd Long III, who represented the Occupy protesters at trial. All three were among the charter members of what became known as the Occupy Philadelphia Legal Collective, a group of civil rights and criminal defense lawyers who agreed to represent the Occupy members free of charge.
Krasner called the 26 protesters “American heroes who effectively fought economic inequality for the 99 percent and whose thanks from their government was this bogus arrest.”
Hetznecker said the arrests struck at the “very heart of our democracy.”
"We live in a dangerous time when the right to gather in protest in a collective voice of dissent is criminalized," he said.
The latest in Occupy Wall Street. Also, last Thursday November 14th marked two years in the eviction of the New York OWS encampment. And here’s what they think of the new mayor, de Blasio
13:13 // 11 months ago